A reader of this blog reports that the Citizens Voice has a better story on two, not one, Shroud of Turin presentations in the Scranton area:
It has been both the subject of intense debate and a source of inspiration for centuries, and in April, a group of local Catholics will have a replica on view in Scranton.
A duplicate of the Shroud of Turin will be on display at two Catholic Churches as part of special programs featuring talks by Donald H. Nohs, one of the world’s leading authorities on the shroud. Several first class relics of St. Paul of the Cross, St. Vincent Strambi, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Maria Goretti, St. Francis of Assisi and other saints will also be on display, according to organizer Kathy Brezinski.
Since the actual shroud is kept permanently at a cathedral in Turin, northern Italy, what will be shown at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary Parish in Jermyn and at St. Ann’s Basilica is a replica that has been viewed by Vatican authorities, who approved it as an accurate representation of the original, Brezinski said.
She and other organizers see the events as an opportunity to see what many believe is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
"It is very powerful," Brezinski said. "Seeing the affect it has on people who see it, that’s the most beautiful thing to me."
In addition to speaking about Jesus and the crucifixion, Brezinski said Nohs will also talk about the controversy that has surrounded the Shroud of Turin.
The cloth, measuring about 14 feet by 3 feet, seems to show a naked man with his arms crossed over his groin. There are reddish-brown stains on the cloth that many believe are blood from the injuries Jesus sustained before and during the crucifixion, including wounds to the hands and feet, head, back and side.
The cloth itself and pollen found on it have been tested over the years in an attempt to ascertain how old the shroud actually is and where it might have originated. But regardless of anyone’s opinion on the authenticity, many Catholics said seeing a replica of the Shroud of Turin is a profound, inspirational experience.
Nohs will give a talk and the Shroud of Turin will be on display at 7 p.m. April 4 at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary Parish, 624 Madison Ave., Jermyn. For information, call the parish at 876-1061.
He will speak again at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at St. Ann’s Basilica, 1229 St. Ann St., Scranton. Tickets are $5 and can be bought in advance by calling Brezinski at 335-6496.