Pope says Shroud of Turin will go on display in 2010

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Shroud of Turin will go on rare public display again -- in two years.

The strip of linen that some believe was the burial cloth of Jesus Christ was last shown to the public in 2000.

Pope Benedict made the announcement today at a special audience for 7,000 pilgrims from Turin. He says he hopes to attend the display himself.

The shroud, which is kept in Turin's Roman Catholic cathedral, is about 14 feet long and 3-and-a-half feet wide. Believers say the image on the cloth was left by Christ's body after he was taken off the cross.

The shroud's age has long been a subject of debate. A carbon-dating test in 1988 declared that it came from medieval times. Another study says it originated around Jerusalem sometime before the eighth century.

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