NEWS 2000
  • On Monday November 6, 2000 the Shroud Custodian, Mgr. Severino Poletto, visited the Alenia factory in Turin to see the new case (called TESI) which, put under the Royal tribune, will contain the Shroud in the future years, waiting for a new Exhibition. The Shroud was placed in the new case on December 22, 2000. The case has been made from a single aluminium block, suitably carved to avoid weldings. It has got a high hermetic seal and the internal overpressure avoids the contamination from outside. The check of the internal pressure and temperature is continuous and it will be possible to observe the Shroud periodically; the Shroud will be kept lying on a trolley, and they will be able to take it out quickly in case of emergency. The crystal lid, 29 mm thick and bullet-proof, has been made so that its weight (410 kg) is the same as the force exerted by the internal pressure, so it is as if the crystal “floated” and it doesn’t undergo any deformation in time.

Plan of the Turin Cathedral
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Location of the Shroud inside the Cathedral after the 2000 Exhibition (A. Guerreschi)
  • On Sunday August 13, 2000 at 10 a.m. H.E. Mgr. Severino Poletto presieded in the Turin Cathedral the Holy Mass, concelebrated by the Bishops of Piedmont and numerous priests. During the liturgy they read numerous messages sent by the Holy Father, John Paul II, and the Emeritus Archbishop of Turin, H.E. Card. Giovanni Saldarini.

The Holy Mass in the Cathedral
  • On Saturday August 12, 2000 the Exhibition of the Shroud began in Turin. At 9 a.m. the first group, composed by journalists, started the way leading inside the Cathedral, guided by Mgr. Giuseppe Ghiberti, President of the Diocesan Commission for the Shroud Exhibition. 

The Shroud exhibited in the Cathedral
Prof. Balossino explains his work

Prof. Nello Balossino, Vice-Director of the Centro Internazionale di Sindonologia of Turin, explains his work on the Shroud, realized in relief for the blind people.

At 11 a.m. at the seminary in XX Settembre street it was held the press conference for the opening of the Exhibition. There were H.E. Mgr. Severino Poletto - Archbishop of Turin and Pontifical Custodian of the Shroud, Mgr. Giuseppe Ghiberti - President of the Diocesan Commission for the Exhibition of the Shroud and Dr. Marco Bonatti - Director of the Press Office of the Committee for the Exhibition of the Shroud. In the afternoon H.E. Mgr. Severino Poletto guided inside the Cathedral the first group of young people, who came in Turin to venerate the Shroud, and read them a prayer he wrote for the occasion.

The 2000 press conference