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Pope prays before Shroud of Turin

Pope Francis has paused in silent prayer before the Shroud of Turin on special display in the northern Italian city's cathedral.

Francis today was the latest of hundreds of thousands of people who have visited this year to view the burial linen some believe covered the body of Jesus.

Francis sat for several minutes before the shroud, contained in a special protective glass case. He lowered his head at times in silent reflection and occasionally gazed up at the 14ft cloth. Then he took a few steps, placed his hand on the case, and walked away without comment.

The shroud's display began on April 19 and runs until June 24.

Sceptics say the cloth bearing the image of a crucified man is a medieval forgery.

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