Turin Shroud goes back on display after five years in the shadows

Turin’s archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who have already seen the burial cloth that some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again. The 4.3-metre-long cloth will be displayed through June 24. Pope Francis will view it on June 21 on an overnight trip to the Turin area, which will include private time with relatives.

Many pilgrims who had already seen the shroud in past showings come back, even though some saw it just five years ago.

Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia

Reservations are mandatory but free of charge to see the shroud, displayed in a climate-controlled case, in Turin’s cathedral. Turin’s mayor said recently that more than 1 million people had made reservations. In 2010, when it was last on public display, some 2.5 million people came, according to organizers of the display.