MANILA - Despite scientific debates surrounding the Shroud of Turin, venerated by Catholics as the burial garment of God's son, it serves as concrete evidence of the love of Jesus Christ, according to a youth group.
"The shroud helps us especially this season of Lent and Holy Week to reflect and to be reminded of the gospel, and it shows that Jesus died for all of us. The shroud, in a very concrete way, shows this to us," said Leandro Tesorero, coordinator of the Work of the Saints Apostolate.
"As you know 'yung mga Pope, ang tawag sa kaniya is an icon of love, or si Pope Benedict XVI calls it as the fifth gospel kasi nga makikita dun 'yung good news na God loves us so much that he endured and died for us on the cross."
The replica was given by the Cathedral of Turin to the Philippines in 2011 and was first blessed by Pope Benedict XVI and by Pope Francis in 2015.
It has been making the rounds of select churches across the country his Holy Week.
Aside from the replica of the Shroud of Turin, the group has also been putting on display an exact copy of the Manoppello Image of the Face of Christ, a copy of a nail from the cross of Jesus, stones from the Stations of the Cross, and the Arma Christi Relic, which contains a small piece of Jesus Christ's cross.
Catch a glimpse of the Holy Shroud of Turin on Thursday and Friday in Baliuag, Bulacan.
It was displayed at the Sta. Teresita Parish in Quezon City on Monday, and the Santuario de San Antonio Parish in Makati on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The exact copy of the Manoppello Image of the Face of Christ and the Relics of Our Lord’s Passion will meanwhile be displayed at the Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon on Thursday and Friday.