|Vatican||POPE SALUTES SHROUD AS EXPOSITION OPENS|
At his Sunday Angelus audience, Pope John Paul II called attention to the Shroud of Turin, which is being exposed for public viewing during the Jubilee year.|
Speaking at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, to a youthful crowd dominated by pilgrims arriving in Rome for World Youth Day, the Holy Father said that he had been profoundly moved by each of his three personal encounters the Shroud.
The Pope first saw the Shroud on a visit to Turin in 1978, just weeks before his election to Peter's throne. He has visited the Turin cathedral during public expositions of the Shroud in 1980 and again in 1998.
"Each time it was a profound experience of grace," he told his audience. "Through the Man of the Shroud, the infinite love of God speaks to the heart of every man."
The Shroud has been made available for public viewing this year just before the opening of World Youth Day activities, and the Pontiff observed that many young pilgrims are passing through Turin as an "introduction" to the week's observances.
|16 Aug 00|