The Veil of Manoppello to Visit the Philippines This Month

September 7, 2014 11 comments

clip_image001The Filipino media group, Inquirer, is reporting: 

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Catholics will have a chance to venerate a piece of cloth bearing what the faithful believe is an original imprint of the face of Jesus Christ.

Known as the “The Holy Face of Jesus from Manoppello,” the veil will be in the Philippines on September 10 to 17 directly from a tour of the US West Coast and Las Vegas, according to a post on the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

Also called “The Veil of Manoppello,” it has been housed for 500 years in the Capuchin Friary in Abruzzo, Pescara, near Rome.

The veil has drawn pilgrims to the obscure hilltop village following the visits of then Pope Benedict XVI to the shrine early in his pontificate.

“These papal visits have since called attention to the veil’s significance in the history of Christ’s life on earth,” according to the CBCP post.

It added that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was reported to have been drawn to Manoppello after receiving the first printed copy of The Face of God, a book by German author Paul Badde, which covers 10 years of intensive studies on the veil by professors, scientists, iconographic experts, and authorities of the Catholic Church.

[ . . . ]

The CBCP post said that while its origins were largely anecdotal, years of scientific study and historical research now report the veil as having the following attributes:

* The faces on the more famous Shroud of Turin and that on the Manoppello Veil coincide perfectly;

* Both images are “acheiropoietas,” meaning they could not have been made by human hands;

* The veil—measuring a mere 7 x 10 inches—is dated between the time of the Christ’s Crucifixion and the Resurrection.

* The Shroud of Turin shows the image of a man with closed eyes and fresh wounds, while that on the Manoppello veil features a face with open eyes and closed wounds.

For a list of times and places see the full news account.

Click to enlarge picture.

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Shroud Encounter to be in Fayetteville, Georgia, September 13

September 6, 2014 1 comment

imageRuss Breault emailed me and reported on the Shroud Encounter Facebook page:

SHROUD ENCOUNTER is coming to FAYETTEVILLE, GA on Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 PM in the Studio Production Center in the "Studio Cafe" which is the former cafeteria. On the stage and on the big screen come and experience Shroud Encounter! The event is free.

The production center was formerly an elementary school. It is on the corner of Sandy Springs Rd and Veterans Pkwy in Fayetteville–South side of Atlanta. For GPS, the address is 461 Sandy Springs Rd.

The Man Who Liked to Dip Pickle Spears in His Beers

September 6, 2014 7 comments

What Di Lazzaro really accomplished

imageI typed the above headline on my iPad for a posting I was going to write and showed it to him. He was going to give me his views on how the image was made on the shroud.

“You can’t say that,” he said. “Sure enough, I did just dip a pickle spear in my beer. But you don’t know if I have ever done it before and if I ever will again, so you can’t say beers, plural. And you don’t know if I like to do it. You are assuming far too much.”

“Your point, being?”

He replied. “You’re assuming too much when you assume that the image on the shroud was created by chemistry you can understand. What Di Lazzaro really accomplished by using a uv excimer laser was to discard that assumption. There was no such source of light in the first century or the fourteenth century.”

He stopped to think, then continued: “Is Di Lazzaro saying that the image must have been created by a miracle or is he saying that we must look beyond our current understanding of nature? I’d like to think it was the latter.”

I did a quick search on my iPad. “Di Lazzaro wrote,” I said;

When one talks about a flash of light being able to colour a piece of linen in the same way as the shroud, discussion inevitably touches on things such as miracles and resurrection. But as scientists, we were concerned only with verifiable scientific processes.

We hope our results can open up a philosophical and theological debate but we will leave the conclusions to the experts, and ultimately to the conscience of individuals.

– from a story by Nick Squires of The Daily Telegraph

The man who dips pickles in beer went on: “If in 1898, someone had suggested that the image was caused by radiation, most people would have scratched their heads and asked what you were talking about. That was the year Secondo Pia took his famous picture and the year that Marie Curie first coined the term ‘radioactivity.’ I think it is something new, something amazing that we haven’t discovered yet that created the image.”

“You’ve had too many pickles,” I said.

BTW: Di Lazzaro also wrote:

Our results are more evidence that it is not easy to replicate the body image and skeptics will have to believe in a miracle to sustain it was done by a forger in the middle ages!

– from The Shroud in the News for Christmas 2011, An Editorial
Response by Barrie Schwortz
, from which the above quote is taken.
I still stand by what I said that Barrie took such a strong exception to.

Updates for the St. Louis Conference

September 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Some details from the update page for the conference:

imagePrivate Accommodations Available!

Posted . . .  September 02, 2014

A 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Modern Family Home with In-Ground Heated Pool, accommodating up to 10 people is available for rent for $250/day during the conference.  See photos and details

August Newsletter

Posted . . .  August 28, 2014

The conference is now only about 1 1/2 months away. There is now another option for transportation to and from the airport. I received the following information from GO BEST Express Airport Shuttle, which only recently started servicing the hotel where the conference is being held:

GO BEST Express Airport Shuttle

How to make reservations:
Special rates have been negotiated on your behalf. Walk-ups will not be eligible for convention rate, standard rates will apply. Please go to our website and begin your reservation to reserve a seat. The rate of $22 one way or $39 round trip per person is offered. Book online now and receive a 10% discount. Credit cards are required and charged at the time of reservation.

There will be Mass for Catholic attendees on Sunday morning October 12th at 7 a.m. in the main ballroom . The celebrant will be Fr. Ralph Wright, O.S.B. from nearby St. Louis Abbey.

There are still rooms available at the Drury but the number is dwindling. Make sure you book a room soon. Registration for the conference itself can be done right up to the time of the conference. (You must register for the conference and book the hotel room separately.)

Keep checking the conference site for additional updates up until the time of the conference on October 9th.

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The Trimurti of the Italian scientific-experimental studies on the Shroud

September 4, 2014 69 comments

Expecting some news accounts out of Bari?

imageHere is a rough Google translation from the Amici della Sindone (Friends of the Shroud) Facebook page. They are starting to arrive in Bari:

Originally they were 3, then 4 … there will be several others (and others), but they were scattered here and there … so here’s to you, for now, the Trimurti [great trinity, threesome, triad] of the Italian scientific-experimental studies on the Shroud of Turin, [and] the more gregarious one from Spain

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Speaking of Matching Faces

September 4, 2014 10 comments

We have been comparing many faces lately.

Of course, if this face comparison is proof that Leonard da Vinci’s face is on the shroud than other comparison, similarly done, prove that the proof is not proof. Or is it that this comparison is flawed?  In what ways?


imageimageAnd, how come no one is talking about the 6th century Christ Pantocrator at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai?

You might think St. Louis was all about Gary Habermas

September 3, 2014 9 comments

and newer testing in Italy and teeth showing through

imageBy the time the folk over at the Christian Post toyed with the press release the story took on a completely different character.

"[The teeth] are on the inside, but on the photo
they are showing outside. Whichever  way
[the radiation] is coming, it dragged the image
from the inside to the outside."

The first paragraph is okay:

The keynote speakers include Bruno Barberis, director of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin, as well as the Most Rev. Michael John Sheridan, bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs. The conference is set to open with renowned shroud lecturer Russ Breault.

[ . . . ]

Initial tests conducted in 1988 in Arizona, Oxford and Zurich supported the theory that the shroud is a forgery created in the Middle Ages, somewhere between 1260 and 1390, but later tests in 2011 by Italy’s National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development came to the conclusion that the relic could not have possibly been replicated by the technology available at that time.

Gary Habermas, distinguished research professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University, led a presentation in 2013 at the Southern Evangelical Seminary’s 20th annual Christian Apologetics Conference and discussed enhanced images of the shroud which showed that the person’s teeth were showing through the skin.

"His skin is intact, his beard is intact, but you are able to see what’s inside coming out, just like if you are able to see what’s on the back of a hand," Habermas said during the presentation, while showing a photo of an exposed human skull juxtapositioned next to the head of the man in the shroud, with the teeth from the two images aligned.

"This is one of the best indications that the man in the Shroud, who was dead and was crucified, [has] radiation coming out," he said of the teeth discovery. "And if that’s what this is, you’ve got something from the inside [coming out].

"[The teeth] are on the inside, but on the photo they are showing outside. Whichever way [the radiation] is coming, it dragged the image from the inside to the outside."


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