Pope Francis goes off script in visit to see Shroud of Turin

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Pope Francis speaks in front the Basilica of Saint Mary Ausiliatrice (Mary Help of Christians) during a two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, on June 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
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Pope Francis speaks in front the Basilica of Saint Mary Ausiliatrice (Mary Help of Christians) during a two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, on June 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-TURIN, originally transmitted on June 22, 2015, and RNS-THAVIS-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Sept. 11, 2015.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Monday (June 22) concluded a whirlwind two-day visit to Turin in northern Italy, during which his lively, often extemporaneous conversations covered everything from chastity to the arms trade.

  • Be Brave

    This guy seems OK for the most part. But the “Roman Catholic Church” has been known to sellout to the dominant culture. Pope’s especially.

  • Richard Sneed

    What, precisely, is the Holy See’s position on the Shroud of Turin?

  • Larry

    “What, precisely, is the Holy See’s position on the Shroud of Turin?”

    Its good for the tourism industry in Northern Italy. 🙂

  • Kalle

    I heard every word and he didn’t go off script even by one consonant or vowel the whole time. What a hoot!

  • JR

    The Church has no official position on the Shroud of Turin, but it is often visited by Popes. The Shroud is permitted to be viewed as an inspirational image, but is not verified as the actual shroud of Jesus.

  • samuel johnston

    Relics are but vulgar magic. The use of them by the Church, should be universally condemned as corruption or worse – worship of the god Mammon.

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