Friday, April 10, 2020

Greetings to Turin

The Holy Father, Pope Francis has sent a Letter to the Archbishop of Turin, His Excellency, Cesare Nosiglia, on the occasion of an extraordinary prayer that will be prayed tomorrow in front of the Holy Shroud at 5:00pm local time (11:00am EDT).  This time of prayer will be broadcast via television channels.

Letter of the Holy Father, Pope Francis

To His Excellency, the Most Reverend
Cesare Nosiglia
Archbishop of Turin and Bishop of Susa

I have learned, dear Brother, that on Holy Saturday you will preside over a celebration in the chapel that houses the Holy Shroud, which, in an extraordinary way, will be shared with all those who participate in the prayer through the means of social communication.

I wish to express my deep appreciation to you for this gesture, which meets the request of the faithful people of God who are being severely tried by the coronavirus pandemic.

I also join in your plea, turning my gaze to the Man of the Shroud, in which we recognize the traits of the Servant of the Lord, which Jesus lived during his Passion: A man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity ... He has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases ... He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole and by his bruises we are healed (Is 53,3.4-5).

In the face of the Man of the Shroud we also see the faces of many of our sick brothers and sisters, especially those who are the most lonely and least cared for; but also all the victims of wars and violence, slavery and persecution.

As Christians, in the light of the Scriptures, we contemplate in this Cloth the icon of the crucified, dead and risen Lord Jesus. We entrust ourselves to him, we trust in him. Jesus gives us the strength to face every trial with faith, with hope and with love, in the certainty that the Father always listens to his children who cry out to him, and he saves them.

Dear Brother, and all of you, dear brothers and sisters who will participate through the media in prayer before the Holy Shroud, we are living these days in intimate union with the Passion of Christ, in order to experience the grace and joy of his Resurrection. I bless your Excellency, the Church of Turin and all of you, especially the sick and the suffering and those who take care of them. May the Lord grant you all peace and mercy. Happy Easter!

Rome, Saint John Lateran
9 April 2020

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Unknown said...

IN JESUS's HOLY NAME I PRAY, Our Father, who Art in Heaven, allowed be thy NAME, thy kingdom come thy WILL be done on earth as it is in HEAVEN, give us this day ( Easter Vigil ), our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us and, lead us NOT into temptation, but deliver us from evil,AMEN. As it was in the beginning, is now,and forever, a whole whithout Amen. Oh my JESUS, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of your Mercy. Amen

Unknown said...

DEAR Archbishop of Turin, Your Excellency, Cesare Nosiglia ; I will be watching for your celebration of the shroud, it couldn't have come at a better time with that scary cov-19 ( for ALL ) GOD Bless you ALL, be safe, & stay healthy. Your Friend in JESUS, Henry Marcel Joseph Foisy North-Bay, Ontario, Canada, oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo