Rome, Italy, Mar 12, 2010 / 09:20 am
Cardinal Severino Poletto, Archbishop of Turin and Guardian of the Holy Shroud, has announced the schedule for Pope Benedict XVI's visit this spring to the Shroud. Among the encounters through the day, the Pope will meet with young people, and the elderly and sick of the northern Italian city.
On the morning of May 2, the Holy Father will fly to Turin where he will arrive in time to share greetings with the mayor and Cardinal Poletto in St. Charles Square before the celebration of the Mass at 10 a.m.
Following Mass with cardinals, bishops, priests and the faithful, Benedict XVI will lead the Regina Caeli prayer and offer a reflection. After having lunch with the bishops of the Piedmont region in the nearby chancery, he will return to the square for an encounter with the youth. Cardinal Poletto and two young people will speak before the Holy Father's discourse.
At the conclusion of this meeting in the square, the Pope will then go to the Cathedral of Turin to venerate the Shroud and offer a meditation themed "Passio Christi, Passio hominis." Among many others, cloistered nuns from different monasteries throughout the diocese will be present.