Fr. Mario Pacifici will today Friday, 19 June lead the Alleluya band members at the new 2015 Exhibition of the Holy Shroud in Turin. The Alleluya band members with other pilgrims will thus be able to admire the Holy Shroud from close up.
This is the shroud in which, according to tradition, the body of Christ was wrapped after he was lowered down from the cross. The Exhibition of the Holy Shroud will start at April 19, 2015 and will last until June 24, 2015, St. John’s Day. Throughout the period of the Exhibition of the Holy Shroud in Turin, the Salesians have organised a full program of events and initiatives to commemorate the charism of St. John Bosco, Father and Teacher of youth.
According to their website, during the Exhibition of the Holy Shroud, on June 21, 2015, there will also be an extraordinary visit by Pope Francis in Turin.
The Exhibition of the Holy Shroud in Turin in 2010 brought over a million and a half pilgrims to the capital of Piedmont, but the simultaneous holding of the Milan Expo and numerous other events organised for the occasion in Turin, the number of pilgrims and tourists for the 2015 programme could be much higher.
History of the Holy Shroud of Turin dates back to 20 June 1353, when Geoffrey de Charny donated the Holy Shroud to the canons of the collegiate chapter of Lirey, which he himself had founded.
The Holy Shroud was exhibited to the public for the first time in 1357. In 1415, Margaret de Charny, a descendant of Godfrey, took back the cloth and sold it in 1453 to the dukes of Savoy, who kept it in the French town of Chambery, where, unfortunately, a fire in 1532 damaged several parts of it. In 1578 it was taken to Turin, where in the meantime the Savoy dynasty had moved its capital, and it has remained there until the present day, except for brief episodes.
There have only been four exhibitions of the Holy Shroud in Turin over the past 35 years: in 1978, 1998 and 2000 on the occasion of the Jubilee, as in 2010, and now 2015.
The Alleluya band is currently in Italy on a tour of more than 40 shows to raise money for the Comfort Community Hospital in Balaka, Malawi.