Friday, September 01, 2006

Pope visits Veronica’s Veil, tells crowd to search for the face of Christ in their lives

Vatican City, Sep. 01, 2006 (CNA) - Pope Benedict XVI made a private visit, today, to the popularly venerated Veil of Veronica. Veronica’s Veil is, according to tradition, a cloth used to wipe the sweat and blood from the face of Jesus on his way to the crucifixion. The veil is believed to have been miraculously imprinted with an image of the Holy Face.

The Pope made his way by helicopter from Castelgandolfo to the shrine, which is located in a remote Capuchin monastery in Manoppello in the Apennine Mountains. Waiting for him at the monastery were thousands of pilgrims, hold signs and cheering, “Benedetto, Benedetto,” and “Viva il Papa,” Reuters reports.

The Pope waved to the crowd and entered the shine accompanied by Fr. Carmine Cucinelli, the rector of the Shrine, and Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti-Vasto. “The Pope is making a strictly private pilgrimage,” Cucinelli told the press before hand, explaining that there would be no ceremonial portion of the visit.


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