Vatican City, Apr 11, 2020 / 03:00 am
Pope Francis has praised the decision to livestream the exposition of the Turin Shroud on Holy Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Archdiocese of Turin has invited Catholics around the world to pray virtually before the Shroud at 5pm local time April 11.
For centuries, the faithful have venerated the Shroud, which bears the image of a crucified man, as Christ's burial cloth.
In a letter to Turin Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia dated April 9, the pope wrote: "I wish to express my warm appreciation to you for this gesture, which comes in response to the request of God's faithful people, harshly tried by the coronavirus pandemic."