Paper Chase: Address by John Paul II in May 1998

imageHe begins his address during a pastoral visit to Turin:

With my gaze turned to the Shroud, I would like to extend a cordial greeting to you all, the faithful of the Church of Turin. I greet the pilgrims who have come from every part of the world at the time of this public exposition to look at one of the most unsettling signs of the Redeemer’s suffering love.

Full text: The Holy See – Vatican web site

Robert Cariola’s Book “SHROUD:art images”

imageIn 2008, Long Island artist, Robert Cariola, authored a book called, SHROUD:art images. It is available at and Amazon. According to the author’s website:

The Shroud – an ancient imprint on linen cloth believed to be the face of Christ, fascinating Christians and men for centuries. Its rich religious and cultural history has sparked inspiration in Robert Cariola as well.

Behold SHROUD: art images, a showcase of the superb outcomes of that inspiration.

Comprised of Roberts images and passages from the Bible, Robert has put together a collection depicting the face of Jesus Christ and the Shroud of Turin.

As far as I know, this book has never been reviewed. Has anyone seen the book? At $71.99 for a paperback version and $81.99 for the hardcover version, it is too expensive to buy sight unseen. I will contact the author. You may visit his blog at » Blog Archive » SHROUD:art images

The Church Mouse Isn’t Convinced about some 1st century texts

imageHe writes in The Church Mouse Blog: "New find" of 1st century texts?

Mouse read about this story a week or so ago, but now that the BBC have hit upon the story, it seems to have gone global.  The news is that 70 small lead tablets, bound together with wire, have been found and appear to be texts dating from the time of Jesus.

Just so Mouse’s views are clear early on, he is pretty skeptical about their authenticity.

It would be a bit difficult to doctor the Shroud of Turin at this point, or for that matter to inscribe it with anything ever, but the mouse’s point is nonetheless valid when he writes:

imageAs for the tantalising quote asking ‘what are they a forgery of’, Mouse can only point out that one could apply that logic to any number of relics, from the Turin Shroud on.  The trick is often actually to take an artefact from the era and add an inscription which turns it into a Biblical artefact.  Since it is virtually impossible to tell when an engraving is made, it is very hard to tell whether it is genuine or not.

More on the Crucifix in Italy’s Classrooms

imageThis blog posting by the Rev. Ronald Franco, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville, Tennessee is an excellent explanation of the use of the crucifix in classrooms in modern day Italy:

This was so despite the fact that the reigning house of the new Kingdom of Italy, the House of Savoy (one of the oldest royal houses in Europe) had a long history of devotion to the Church (and was – until King Umberto II’s death in 1983 – the owner of the holy relic, the Shroud of Turin). The bad blood between Italy and the Holy See would only escalate, of course, after Italy’s conquest of Rome from the Pope in 1870, reducing the Pope-King to a "Prisoner of the Vatican."

City Father: The Crucifix in Italy’s Classrooms

Secret Veil Linked to Christ’s Resurrection?

ZENIT has a new story on the Manoppello image by Genevieve Pollock:

imageMANOPPELLO, Italy, MARCH 28, 2011 ( A veil in Manoppello, kept secret for centuries and only recently reemerging, illustrates Christ’s resurrection in a way that will change the world, says Paul Badde.

Badde, author of "The Face of God: The Rediscovery of the True Face of Jesus" (Ignatius Press), explained to ZENIT how this veil features "uncountable" images of the Risen Christ.

The journalist and historian, and editor for the German newspaper "Die Welt," noted that the veil also illustrates much of what Benedict XVI wrote about in his newest book, "Jesus of Nazareth Part II: Holy Week — From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection" (Ignatius Press).

In fact, the Pope visited the shrine at Manoppello as one of the first trips of his pontificate, reflecting his decades-long interest in the meditation on the face of God, the author noted.

In this interview with ZENIT, Badde explained some of the conclusions of his research on this veil, and why he thinks it is bound to change the world.

ZENIT: Some have referred to the Veil of Manoppello as belonging to Veronica, and having the image of Jesus’ face from before the Crucifixion. Your investigation, however, led you to a different conclusion. Could you clarify what this veil is?

Badde: This veil has had many names in the last 2000 years — maintaining only its unique character in the same time.

It is, in fact, "the napkin" or "handkerchief" (in Greek: soudarion), to which St. John the Evangelist is referring in his report of the discovery of the empty tomb by St. Peter and himself, that they saw "apart" from the cloths (including the shroud of Joseph from Arimathea) in which Jesus had been buried.

Or it is not the napkin, rather the Sudarium in Oviedo is. I’m not convinced. This will be debated for many years to come. See: ZENIT – Secret Veil Illustrates Christ’s Resurrection

Above Top Secret Reveals Vinny Pop’s Methods for Decoding the Shroud of Turin

The website is called Above Top Secret. It is, so the site says, "the Internet’s largest and most popular discussion board community dedicated to the intelligent exchange of ideas and debate on a wide range of ‘alternative topics’ such as conspiracies, UFO’s, paranormal, secret societies, political scandals, new world order, terrorism, and dozens of related topics with a diverse mix of users from all over the world.”

Yes, I’m sure. “With 217,918 members generating 10,465,452 posts . . . that cover 649,759 topics in 162 different discussion forums, you could say ‘the truth is in here,’” the site reports. “678 members creating 52,897 new posts during the past seven days.”

Mostly, 678 people with too much time on their hands, documenting and debating fringe theories that have little or no basis, whatsoever. Among all of these, Vincent Ruello (Vinny Pop), has emerged to reveal his new methods for finding images of loose toes and toenails, presumably belonging to the man of the shroud. (Vinny and his so-called “science” has been discussed previously on this forum and in Wikipedia Talks).

The method seems to be to re-photograph over and over using a handheld video camera held at different angles. This, according to Vinny, will decode and reveal new images, convert some images to xrays and generate 3D images. Actually it creates a lot of visual and shaky noise that can be interpreted as just about anything you want to see.

It is most regrettable that this is getting so much attention on YouTube, Wikipedia, in the press and now in ATS. Legitimate shroud science is being ridiculed because some people equate it with this craziness.

Decoding Shroud Process Revealed For ATS Members Scientists, page 1

Topic started on 28-3-2011 @ 08:24 PM by shroudnews77

Thankyou for your interest in my research. Am saddened that I was not able to find at this stage a scientist or organisation to verify my work so now I will reveal the process as best as possible because I have faith this is now the right thing to do. The first part of the process is the correct negative to use. Secondo Pia’s was to grainy and the 1979/1988 were to high resolution. Use Guiseppe Enrie’s 1931 image. Click on link to my youtube page it’s called The Key. To see my discoveries search youtube Vincenzo Ruello or click on channel name in link below vinnypop to enter my channel thankyou

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European Convention On Human Rights and Crucifixes in Italy

imageStanley Fish in the New York Times Opinionator Online section writes:

In these columns I have often remarked that religion-clause jurisprudence is characterized by contortions that would be the envy of Houdini. But nothing in American jurisprudence is as contorted in its reasoning as a recent decision (Lautsi and Others v. Italy, March 18) by the European Court of Human Rights.

The question at issue was whether an Italian law requiring the placing of crucifixes in public classrooms violates a clause of the European Convention On Human Rights that recognizes “the right of parents to ensure … education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.” Reversing the judgment of a lower chamber, the Grand Chamber by a vote of 15-2 answered no, it doesn’t.

Why not?

Read the full column: Religious Symbol or Cultural Symbol? –