• Taizé: New Year's Day meeting of European youth postponed to December 2021 - On Wednesday 12 August 2020 it was announced that the "Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth" of European youth would be held in Turin between Christmas 2021 and New Year's Day 2022. Over these days of pandemic, the promoters of the meeting have kept in touch and continued to exchange views with each other and the Taizé community, in the hope of getting the pilgrimage organised by December 2020. Now they have all agreed to postpone the event. The New Year's Day event is one of those initiatives that have come about within the framework of Turin's ecumenical commitment. The first invitation was made in 2017 and signed by the leaders of several Churches (Waldensian, Baptist, Rumanian Orthodox, Evangelical Lutheran, Adventist) together with archbishop Cesare Nosiglia and the heads of the ecumenical commissions of the Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran Churches, the Secretariat of Ecumenical Activities and young people of Taizé related groups. The uncertainty on the progress of the pandemic now and over the next few months is an important element, but not the only one. Another factor that weighs on the decision is the need to ensure that the youth pilgrimage is held in safe and serene conditions for everyone, right because it will be a meeting with the whole city and its territory. Young people will be hosted by families in Turin and Piedmont, they will visit our museums, meet people and communities of the whole Turin area. Their reflection and prayer meetings as well as the moments of contemplation spent before the Shroud - by those who will wish - will become part of the life of the entire city. Anyway, time has not at all been wasted so far: contacts and commitments have been made in view of the pilgrimage, hosting facilities and premises have been found and the complex logistic machine requiring the reception of 20,000 people in a few days has started to be studied. The Christian communities involved, in collaboration with the City of Turin and the Piedmont Region, continue on the preparation path, which entails organizing the reception and preparing the pilgrimage spiritually and culturally. The Pastoral Care of Youth remains the reference point of this path. Further information can be found on (Turin Diocese, August 12, 2020)

  • Maria Elisabetta PATRIZIMaria Elisabetta Patrizi was born in Rome on March 25, 1941, the last of the four children of Bernardo Patrizi and Claudia Cavazzi della Somaglia. At six years of age she gave herself completely to Mary and asked her to be her Mother! She graduated in journalism from the “Pro Deo” in Rome. She was able to enter the Carmel of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, in Careggi (Florence) when she was 25. After 8 years of cloistered life living a very intense contemplative life, the Lord called her «to evangelize in a new way». Following the order of Card. Mario Nasalli Rocca, «in obedience to Holy Roman Church», she left Carmel, always maintaining an intense prayer life... In 1975 she began to collaborate with Msgr. Giulio Ricci, renowned researcher of the Shroud. In 1976 they founded together the “Centro Romano di Sindonologia” [= “The Roman Center of Shroud studies”] and the “Catechisti della Passione” [= “Catechists of the Passion”], with the approval and encouragement of the Cardinal Vicar Ugo Poletti. Very soon after, they organized classes and exhibits in various parts of the world and the Shroud Center in Milwaukee, WI in the USA. She began a publishing house, “Cuore di Cristo” [= “Heart of Christ”] in Rome and then in 1982 she received a call from God to follow in the footsteps of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe and St. Therese of the Child Jesus. In 1983 the first sisters of a future religious institute began living together. This mustard seed inspired an ecclesial family: “Franciscan Family of Mary Immaculate” erected in 2017. Maria Elisabetta, after a very long autoimmune disease of demyelination and complications with vascular ulcers in the lower limbs, breathed her last breath on Sunday July 12, 2020 at 3:00pm. (Her spiritual children, July 14, 2020)

  • Turin, one billion participants online at the extraordinary exhibition of the Shroud: “Free us from the pandemic”

    Pope Francis' letter opens the ceremony, Bishop Nosiglia prays in front of the sacred Linen.

    Logo Easter 2020 Exhibition

    “Free us from the epidemic that is hitting us, so that we can return serene to our usual occupations and praise you and thank you with a renewed heart. In you we trust and raise our supplication to you”. It is the invocation of the archbishop of Turin, Monsignor Cesare Nosiglia, during the extraordinary veneration of the Holy Shroud, today in the Cathedral of the Piedmont chief town, on the occasion of the health emergency due to the coronavirus. A ceremony followed, according to the organizers, by over a billion people around the world.

    An unprecedented ceremony, the extraordinary exhibition on TV and online, which Pope Francis followed and anticipated with a letter to archbishop Nosiglia and then with a tweet shortly before 5 pm, time in which the prayer began: “Let's turn our gaze to the Man of the Shroud, in which we recognize the traits of the Servant of the Lord, which Jesus realized in his Passion. To participate through the media to the prayer in front of the Holy Shroud”.

    “This Face disfigured by wounds communicates great peace. His gaze is directed not to our eyes but to our heart, as if to say: have faith, do not lose hope. The power of the love of God, the power of the Risen One overcomes all things”.

    Precisely with this message the veneration of the Shroud started by the archbishop Nosiglia, in the presence of the mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, and the presidents of the Region, Alberto Cirio, and the regional Council, Stefano Allasia. The archbishop, who is papal custodian of the Sacred Linen, in choral dress and red stole, then moved to the Shroud Chapel, approaching the case for a brief moment of meditation.

    “Almighty and eternal God, from whom the whole universe receives energy, existence and life - said Nosiglia - we come to you to invoke your mercy, since today we still experience the fragility of the human condition in the experience of this viral pandemic. We believe that you are leading the course of human history and that your love can change our destiny for the better - he continued - whatever our human condition may be. For this, we entrust the sick and their families to you: for the paschal mystery of your Son give them salvation and relief”.

    “To your love that does not abandon - continued Nosiglia - we entrust all the deceased of these days, in every country in the world. Help each member of society to carry out his task, strengthening the spirit of mutual solidarity. Support the doctors and health workers, educators and social workers - concluded Nosiglia - in the fulfillment of their service. You, who are comfort in fatigue and support in weakness, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the holy doctors and healers, turn away evil from us all”. (La Repubblica, April 11, 2020)

  • Piero VERCELLIOn March 28 Piero Vercelli returned to the Father. Born in Chieri (Turin) in 1939, proven textile expert, business owner and scholar of the Shroud, on  October 8, 1997 he had examined the remaining Shroud fabric (the Reserve) preserved in the Turin Curia and part of the strip cut on  April 21, 1988 for C14 test. He established the textile characteristics of it that allowed him to reconstruct and produce a Shroud-like fabric. He presented the result and the technical data at the Turin Symposium of March 2-5, 2000 and in a detailed report at the Paris International Congress of April 25-26, 2002. In 2010 he published "La Sindone nella sua struttura tessile" (The Shroud in its textile structure), Ed. Effatà. He collaborated with many sindonologists in various studies on this subject. (Aldo Guerreschi, March 31, 2020)

  • Extraordinary public display of Turin Shroud from  December 28, 2020 to January 1, 2021 for the 43° international meeting of the Taizé Community. (