I have never been to Italy, but it comes across to me as a spectacular country to visit. This spring, millions of Christians from all over the world will travel to Italy for a once in a lifetime spiritual event. It is a true statement to the power of Christianity that millions of people will travel to Italy specifically for an event that will last only a few moments.
Officials say more than one million people have already reserved a place to see the Shroud of Turin when it goes on display in the northern Italian city for the first time in 10 years.
Major celebrations are shaping up in the Olympic city of Turin when the archdiocese displays the linen cloth from April 10 to May 23, 2010. The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will be among the visitors.
The shroud is revered by many Christians as Jesus Christ’s burial cloth but it is described by some as a medieval forgery.
Turin officials told a news conference in Rome Wednesday that at least one million reservations from around the world have already poured in to secure three-to-five minutes to admire the cloth.
Article credit: Associated Press