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Standing before the mystery of Holy Saturday

· Benedict XVI in Turin for the Exposition of the Shroud ·

An extraordinary Icon for the mystery of Holy Saturday: this is how the oly Father described the Turin Shroud, having just knelt before it in prayer. This much anticipated moment was the climax of his Pastoral Visit to Turin on Sunday, 2 May.  In his Meditation, Benedict XVI said that “in our time, especially after having lived through the past century, humanity has become particularly sensitive to the mystery of Holy Saturday. The concealment of God is part of contemporary man's spirituality, in an existential almost subconscious manner, like a void in the heart that has continued to grow larger and larger”. The Shroud, he said, represents the moment in history when Christ joined with humanity in suffering, so that we might overcome it: “From there, from the darkness of the death of the Son of God, the light of a new hope gleamed: the light of the Resurrection”. During his day-long Visit to Turin, the Pope also celebrated Mass in Piazza San Carlo, addressed the youth and met with the sick.


The discourses of the Pope

Eucharistic Concelebration in St. Charles Square
Regina Cæli in St. Charles Square
Meeting with the young people in St. Charles Square
Veneration of the Holy Shroud in the Cathedral of Turin - Meditation
Meeting with the sick people at the church of the Little House of Divine Providence - Cottolengo of Turin

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