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Vice-President of the Shroud Exhibition Committee Monsignor Giuseppe Ghiberti on Wednesday arrived in Beirut from the Italian city of Turin, together with a delegation from the General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches.

The members of the delegation were carrying an authentic version of the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, which will be on display for the first time in a Middle Eastern country in honor of a call by Nerses Bedros XIX, Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics, for keeping the shroud in Lebanon on a permanent basis.

The patriarchate’s secretary, who welcomed the delegation at the airport, announced that “the shroud will be transferred from the airport to the Armenian Church in the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Jeataoui where it will stay for two days.”

“Then it will be transferred to the St. Gregorios Church in Mar Elias before arriving at the Bzummar Monastery. It will remain at the St. Elie Church in downtown Beirut on permanent basis,” he added, noting that “the shroud measures 4.53 meters in length and 1.43 meters in width.”