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The Night of the Shroud to Air on Italian Television

May 23, 2013 4 comments

clip_image001Francesca Saracino writes:

I have a good news to communicate.

The Night of the Shroud will be aired here in Italy Sunday,May 26 at 9 am on one of the most important Channels here in Italy Retequattro (Channel 4)

The program will also be visible on the satellite then also the many Italian people who live in U.S. could see him, of course, in time-shifted.

Would you be so kind as to post the news in your website?

This is great news and we hope soon to also find a TV in the U.S who send the documentary on the air!

Progress! If anyone knows how to get a stream of this, let me know. And lets hope for a U.S. broadcast soon.

Categories: Video

The pig experiment was not Barrie’s experiment

May 21, 2013 48 comments

imageYannick Clément, in a very long winded comment repeated below, does have a point. Well several. But for your clarification, as you read it, I did talk with Barrie Schwortz yesterday. I can confirm that the experiment with the pig was not his idea and not his experiment. He was thrust into the situation, unaware, during the production of the documentary. He offered his comments and the rest was a matter of creative editing. As Barrie writes:

Watch for the next update on (due at the end of this month) for an article titled, “Behind the Scenes of a New Smithsonian Channel Shroud Documentary” in which I will give some details on the techniques the producers used for creating the program.

And now for Yannick’s comment:

After having seen the TV program, I have some good comments to make :

1- In the program, there are two huge historical mistakes : 1- The program seem to suggest that Geoffroy de Charny was some kind of an obscure knight when he became in possession of the Shroud, which is totally false. In fact, de Charny was one of the leading knight of all the kingdom of France when he build the Lirey church. And 2- The program tell us that de Charny claimed he get the Shroud during a crusade he made, which is also totally false. In fact, de Charny NEVER SAID A WORD about how and when he became in possession of the Shroud. It’s also very important to understand that de Charny never participate in the 4th crusade, which saw the Latin crusaders making the sack of Constantinople. This terrible event, which most probably lead to the transfer of the Shroud from that city to Europe, happened a century before de Charny’s time. The only crusade in which Geoffroy de Charny participated is the Smyrna crusade in 1346 and it’s highly improbable that he could have come in possession of the Shroud at that occasion, no matter what Ian Wilson and other “historians” can think.

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The Shroud–The Movie

May 20, 2013 Comments off

imageJoe Marino passes along this information on an upcoming film. The working title for this two hour mystery/thriller FILM is The Shroud Conspiracy. We should expect its release in 2014 according to North Star Production Studios. From the website:

LOGLINE: When terrorists detonate a bomb in the Cathedral claiming destruction of the Shroud of Turin, an archaeologist believes the terrorists masked the theft of the Shroud for sinister purposes. He teams with a CIA Agent on a dangerous journey to reclaim the Shroud and seek answers as to who did this and why.

SYNOPSIS: An explosion in the Cathedral housing the Shroud appears to cause the destruction of the revered cloth, the Shroud of Turin, believed to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus. Archaeologist and Shroud expert James Aiello finds clues suggesting the Shroud was likely stolen. He teams with a skeptical CIA Agent Rebecca Ross to piece together clues that lead to a megalomaniac known only as The Falcon who taunts them while plotting to use the cloth in a broader world conspiracy blackmailing the Vatican and assassinating religious and political leaders.

Based on the novel "The Image and The Rose" and Screenplay by John C. Iannone.

Speaking of movies, the word is that The Power of Few, the last feature film about the shroud that made it into just a few theaters, will be released on DVD on July 9, this year.

Categories: Books, News & Views, Video

More support for Treasures Decoded: The Turin Shroud

May 17, 2013 41 comments

imageMy old friend, Ray Schneider, from the Shroud Science Group, has just chimed in to recommend the Quest video, Treasures Decoded: The Turin Shroud on his blog, Political Brambles:

I’m a Shroud of Turin expert, sort of second tier I suppose since I restrict my work to processing the images and giving talks on the shroud. This is worth a look for those who wonder how the image got on the cloth.

Go have a look at his blog.

Quest TV: Treasures Decoded: The Turin Shroud

May 17, 2013 3 comments

RECENT: I don’t know if this will stay up, so watch it soon. There is some discussion about image formation including an experiment with a pig.  The video runs just about 44 minutes.

A Description of the series from Quest:

Discover five of the world’s greatest treasures, all with remarkable secrets that have remained hidden… until now.

Treasures Decoded examines five of the world’s greatest treasures: The Turin Shroud, The Dead Sea Copper Scroll, The Jesus Tablets, The Death Cult of the Sphinx and The Golden Raft of El Dorado. All of these hold remarkable secrets that have remained hidden… until now.

Filming with archaeologists, historians, scholars and scientists, no stone is left unturned in search of answers. Using a range of new techniques, including state-of-the-art forensics, our experts explore the history and possible implications of exposing the fascinating truth about each treasure.

What does the obscured writing on the Turin Shroud mean? Is the Golden Raft the key to finding the treasures of El Dorado? All will be revealed…

The link if you need it is

Hat tip: David Rolfe

Categories: Image Theory, Science, Video

Enhance the Blog

May 7, 2013 2 comments

By way of a comment, Jason Engwer, writes to me:

Have you considered including a more extensive topical index on your blog? Maybe have a section on your side bar that links to posts on a wider range of topics that frequently come up (like the objection based on the length of Jesus’ hair). That would make it easier for people to find things on the blog, and it would save you and others time when those topics come up again in the future.

I have thought about it. It would not be easy. Even coming up with a good list of categories would be tough. I would then have to make category decisions on 2,250 existing posts and edit those posts to assign the new categories. Because topics often develop during discussion of another topic, I would need to consider over 16,000 comments. If anything, I have been thinking of abandoning categories altogether. They don’t accomplish much.

I think Google search can accomplish much of what we want with the site argument. (The search function that comes with the blog is useful but not as comprehensive). Here is an example for long hair: Jesus "long hair" Be sure to note the word site, the colon and without any spacing.


Jason continues":

Also, have you ever put together a collection of audio and/or video files on the Shroud? Or do you know of anybody else who has? If nobody’s done it yet, it would be a good idea to have a large collection of audio files on Shroud-related topics, for example, in one location.

It is beyond anything I would know how to do. If I just Google ‘Shroud of Turin’ videos, which includes many audio tapes and podcasts in video format, I get 449,000. I’ll grant that some of these are duplicates and a few of them are for a rock band called Shroud of Turin. But still. . .


Categories: News & Views, Video

New ‘Real Face of Jesus’ pages at the History Channel

May 6, 2013 5 comments

The Real Face of Jesus pages at the History Channel just got a few face lifts and several pages of rewritten text. It is worth a visit.


Categories: Video

Barrie Schwortz’ TEDx Via della Conciliazione Talk

May 3, 2013 12 comments
Barrie Schwortz


It is very good and interesting. And there were many other talks at the TEDx Via della Conciliazione. Video are available on TEDxTalks Playlist and photos on Flickr space.

Categories: Science, Video

Barrie Schwortz: This has to be what it appears to be

April 26, 2013 4 comments

This new video (April 25, 2013)  from Catholic News Service is perhaps the very best, very short (2 minutes and 15 seconds) Shroud of Turin video out there.


Categories: News & Views, Science, Video

Urgent Note? Really?

April 23, 2013 1 comment

A reader writes regarding the video about the Sudarium (now corrected):

You failed to note the urgent note at the beginning of the documentary. It raises questions about the reliability of the documentary.

Here is the note. I don’t think it raise serious questions at all. If anything it is self serving by Brown.


Categories: News & Views, Video

New Video on the Sudarium of Oveido

April 23, 2013 13 comments

CORRECTED:  From Simon Brown and National Geographic. Pull up a chair and a cup of coffee. Part 1 and Part 2 each run about fourteen minutes.

Sudarium Part 1
Sudarium Part 2

Or click here

Categories: News & Views, Video

The Making of the HD Image for the Shroud 2.0 App

April 14, 2013 33 comments

Even if you don’t understand a word said, the video is well worth watching to get an idea about how Haltadefinizione created the HD file used for the Shroud 2.0 app. (Also see Neat Trick with the Shroud 2.0 App (including comments) if you want to save HD images for detailed examination)

From the company’s website:

Haltadefinizione® was in charge of the shooting of the cloth of the Shroud between January 22nd and 23rd 2008.

imageOn the occasion of the extraordinary opening of the preservation system ordered by Cardinal Poletto, the then Custodian of the Holy Shroud, in agreement with the Holy See, Haltadefinizione® was authorized to acquire high definition (HD) digital images of the Shroud. These HD images represent a milestone in the history of the Shroud. During the shooting of the Shroud, the entire surface of the cloth was captured for the first time using advanced HD photographic techniques. A process very similar, on a small scale, to that used for topography.

The image reached an unprecedented optical resolution not visible to the naked eye, allowing clearly to distinguish the individual elements that compose the cloth: elements of a diameter of a few hundredths of a millimeter.

[ . . . ]

Therefore, 1649 photographs were taken, each of which represents the area of the size of a business card, creating a single image of 12 billion points stored in one file of 72 Gigabytes, equal to the contents of 16 DVDs.

In order to reproduce the entire image at its maximum enlargement, a humongous cloth would be needed, 68 meters wide and 18 high.

Categories: News & Views, Video

Interview of Pastor Caspar on Atlanta Live

April 10, 2013 Comments off

Hat tip to Joe Marino for passing along this recent interview  of Pastor Caspar McCloud by John W Pace on Atlanta Live about his new book with Simon Brown, "The Shroud of Turin Speaks For Itself."

Categories: Books, Video

Ostensione Televisiva Della Sindone 2013

April 2, 2013 2 comments

Various versions of OSTENSIONE TELEVISIVA DELLA SINDONE – 2013 have been popping up on YouTube. Some of them have been removed. Here is one that should play right here in the blog space:



Categories: Event, Video

Holy Saturday Broadcast: SINDONE – Ostensione Televisiva 2013 (1 hour and 33 minutes)

April 1, 2013 2 comments


UPDATED:  Click to play

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Breaking News: Russ Breault to be on ABC Good Morning America on Good Friday

March 29, 2013 Comments off

clip_image001Russ Breault writes:

I will be on Good Morning America tomorrow sometime between 7-8 AM. Film crew just left my house.

That would be EDT (New York) on Friday morning:

Worldwide Live Stream Options:

News on the Shroud for Good Friday and Holy Saturday

March 26, 2013 Comments off

imageEmanuela Marinelli at is doing what she can to help those of us who read English with news about the shroud. You should bookmark her English language page. Here is some material from it with RAI programming details and links. I recommend experimenting with the links before the broadcasts if you want to watch the live stream broadcasts.

  • This is the RAI TV programming concerning the appointments on the Shroud for Good Friday and Holy Saturday:

    • Friday, March 29 – 2:10 p.m. Italian time (1.10 p.m. GMT) – RAI Uno – “A sua immagine”, Good Friday special: L’uomo della Sindone (The Man of the Shroud)

    • Friday, March 29 – 8:30 p.m. Italian time (7:30 p.m. GMT) – RAI Uno – “Porta a Porta”, Good Friday special: Sindone, mistero svelato? (The Shroud, mystery revealed?)

    • Saturday, March 30 – 11:10 a.m Italian time (10:10 a.m. GMT) – RAI Uno – “A sua immagine”, Shroud Special: L’attesa dell’Ostensione (Waiting for the Exhibition)

    • Saturday, March 30 – 5:15 p.m. Italian time (4:15 p.m. GMT) – RAI Uno – “A sua immagine” – Sindone: i segni della Passione (Shroud: The Signs of the Passion)

  • Special TV Exhibition of the Shroud of ‘A Sua Immagine’ on March 30, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Italian time (10:30 a.m. GMT)

On the occasion of the extraordinary Exhibition of the Shroud, the transmission will follow the event live worldwide on RAI Uno on Saturday March 30, 2013 at 11.30 a.m. Italian time (10:30 a.m. GMT).

After the 2010 Exhibition, which saw the participation of 2 million pilgrims from all over the world, and 40 years after the first TV Exhibition, broadcast live on November 23, 1973, the Shroud, through the cameras of A Sua Immagine will be seen all over the world.

Rosario Carello, with guests in the studio, will reconstruct the history and the deep spiritual meaning of the Holy Cloth, called by Benedict XVI "Icon of Holy Saturday."

We will show images of the unveiling of the Shroud, taken from the shrine in which it is placed and positioned for the Exhibition. We will relive the moments of the past Exhibitions. We will go into the mysterious origin of this image, in order to document the impressive correspondence with the story of the Passion of Christ in the Gospels: the sores, the blood, the wounds of the crown of thorns, the hits of the scourges. (RAI – A Sua Immagine website, 25 Marzo 2013)

  • The Man of the Shroud – Special Good Friday episode of ‘A Sua Immagine’ on March 29, 2013 at 2:10 p.m. Italian time (1:10 p.m. GMT)

It will be the Man of the Shroud the center of the usual Good Friday episode of ‘A Sua Immagine. Rosario Carello, with studio guests, will draw a journey to discover the figure of How tall was Jesus? How was His body? What did His face look like? We will try to reconstruct the image of Christ from the marks on the Shroud.Jesus. Waiting for the TV Exhibition of the Shroud, scheduled for Saturday, March 30, during the broadcast of Friday we will rebuild the identikit of the man Jesus, starting from the linen that wrapped Him in the Sepulchre.

On Good Friday, the day full of greatness and mystery, the traces of the precious relic will lead us into the secret of the Passion of Christ. Francesca Fialdini will lead us in the Museum of the Shroud of Turin, to show us the rebuilding of some objects, symbol of the Passion: the crown, the nails, the cross. We will see how in the Shroud we can see not only the darkness of death, but the light of the Resurrection. During the episode we will go in search of experiences that tell the importance of the Shroud for the spirituality and the faith of contemporary believers. (RAI – A Sua Immagine website, March 25, 2013)

  • The Archbishop of Turin, Mgr Cesare Nosiglia, confirms that he will make the request to Pope Francis to receive a video message that will be transmitted on the occasion of the extraordinary TV Exhibition of the Shroud, on Holy Saturday. He excludes instead the hypothesis, spread on social media, that the Pope can attend in person to the Exhibition.

The declaration was released to the microphones of Prima Radio on March 14, 2013. Below is the text of that declaration:

It is impossible to come [to Turin], it is something absolutely inconceivable, because it is on Holy Saturday, it is a day in which the Pope has the celebration at St. Peter’s church, almost at that time or right after, so it would be something really impossible. The speech was different; it concerned a televised message, also recorded, if necessary (if not that day, because they are very intense days), of a few minutes, about the fact that he could be present during this Exhibition. The thing, I think, was quite possible, even indicatively examined with Benedict XVI, then, obviously, happened what has happened, now we will try to reach him too, having regard also this, let’s say ‘warning’, that he has towards his own Piedmontese land. I hope that we can find an answer, but I do not know, because the days are very intense, very hectic, I think, for him too, so we do not expect nothing, absolutely. But I think that we will try to make the request, and then we will see also if it can be accepted.” (Diocesi di Torino website, March 17, 2013)

  • Exhibition on March 30 is only on television

Access to the Cathedral limited to a small group of young people and sick people. For everyone live broadcast around the world on RAI Uno on March 30. Diocesan Convention on Saturday March 16.

The Exhibition of the Shroud, on Holy Saturday March 30, 2013, will only be "televised": there is no access to the Cathedral except for a small group of sick people and their carers, and young people who have begun the journey of the Synod. Mgr. Nosiglia, presenting the initiative last Friday to reporters,  explained the meaning and the terms of this extraordinary "event": to offer to television viewers all over the world images of the Shroud, in the context of their prayer of Holy Saturday, as a chance to reflect on the suffering and death of Christ, and the pain in the contemporary world.

So this is a TV show, not a "pilgrimage to the Shroud" as the latest Exhibitions were. The broadcast will air on the afternoon of 30 March on RAI Uno (the exact time will be specified by RAI). the public will not be able to access in any way to the Duomo; the same Piazza San Giovanni will not be fully accessible, since it will receive, first of all, transit and parking of vehicles transporting the sick people.

The information will be disseminated not only on the diocesan website, but also on the Voce del Popolo (Turin Diocese’s weekly magazine) and on the website and

The Web-TV will try to make the visitors participate in the event. The time of the Exhibition is being developed and it will be communicated as soon as possible. (Diocese of Turin website, March 8, 2013)

Source: Collegamento pro Sindone – News

Categories: Event, News & Views, Video

Russ Breault Interview on GMC

March 16, 2013 Comments off

imageGMC is a cable network. You can see the interview entitled, “Shroud of Turin the Shroud of Jesus? You Decide. A Part of Miraculous March on GMC.” by clicking here or on the picture.

Categories: News & Views, Video

Old Video: Ancient Secrets of the Bible – The Shroud of Turin

March 10, 2013 9 comments

imageDoes anyone remember the 1992 television series, Ancient Secrets of the Bible. I was reminded of it this morning when I noticed that the blog, Christian Origins, had recently posted a YouTube for the Shroud of Turin episode. There were episodes, as well, on the Tower of Babel,  Sodom and Gomorrah, Walls of Jericho, Moses’ Ten Commandments, Moses’ Red Sea Miracle, Noah’s Ark, The Ark of the Covenant, The Battle of David and Goliath and the story of Samson and Delilah:

This installment to the popular Ancient Secrets of the Bible series analyzes one of the religious community’s most legendary artifacts, the Shroud of Turin, which is alleged to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. Biblical analysts and scholars weigh in on the physical evidence regarding the shroud, discuss why some believe it is merely an elaborate fraud, and consider its overall spiritual impact on Christianity.

Okay, it’s a bit out of date. Still, it is worth the time to watch it.

Shroud of Turin
Categories: Other Blogs, Video

The Real Face of Jesus this Lent and Eastertide

March 2, 2013 2 comments

A reader writes:

I want to watch the Real Face of Jesus before Easter. Will the History Channel being showing again this year?

The online schedule for the History Channel (in the U.S.) only goes out to March 16 and Easter (Gregorian) is March 31. My bet is that the History Channel will show it again around Easter in the U.S., the U.K. and on some of other international History channels. So watch the schedule.

But you have several good options for watching this highly rated Shroud of Turin documentary:

1) You can watch it by linking to YouTube or you can watch it right here.

The Real Face of Jesus from the History Channel


2) For $1.99, you can purchase a downloadable version (search for “Real face of Jesus”). This can be viewed with many television set top boxes, such as TIVO, or on your computer. You can watch it as often as you want. This version is available in HD format.

3) Tor $3.99, you can also purchase an Apple iTunes version for the iPad, iPhone or your computer.

4) For $24,95, you can buy the DVD from Amazon or the History Channel. It is often on sale for less.

I keep a fully licensed version on my laptop and another one on my iPhone. I’ve used the iPhone version with a large-screen projector to show clips of the show to an audience. 

Categories: History, Science, Video

STERA also breaks the news of the TV only shroud exhibition

February 28, 2013 Comments off

Here is how Barrie reports it at

imageIt was announced this morning that Pope Benedict XVI, as one of his last acts as Pontiff, has authorized a television only exhibition of the Shroud of Turin on March 30, 2013 (Holy Saturday) directly from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist where the cloth is permanently stored. Here is an excerpt from an e-mail I received this morning from my friend Bruno Barberis, President of the International Center for the Study of the Shroud (Centro Internazionale di Sindonologia) in Turin with the details:

I would like to give you in advance an important piece of news. On March 30th (Holy Saturday) in the late afternoon (Italian time) in the Turin Cathedral there will be a TV exposition of the Holy Shroud. The exposition will be broadcast by the RAI Uno television network. This event, connected with the "Year of Faith," will happen 40 years after the first and unique TV exposition of the Shroud on November 23rd, 1973. The Shroud will remain in its room in the Cathedral and the length of the exposition will be around one hour. On March 1st in Turin at 11.00am a press conference will be held regarding this special exposition.

It is likely that footage from this exposition will be picked up and shown by other television broadcast networks around the world and on the internet. I will do my best to keep you updated as more details become available. In the interim, you can also check our Facebook page, where I can quickly post any news that may come in while I am traveling and lecturing.

For more information on the unprecedented occasion of this first "technological" exhibition of the Shroud, check out the news page (in English) of the Collegamento pro Sindone website by Emanuela Marinelli. The page includes more details on Pope Benedict’s decision to display the Shroud and a message from Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, the current Archbishop of Turin. As always, our deepest thanks to Emanuela for making this information available so quickly. Grazie!

Categories: Event, News & Views, Video

Miracle Stain

February 6, 2013 3 comments

For those of you who missed the Super Bowl ad, “Miracle Stain: No Stain is Sacred.”

Categories: Humor, Video

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