One of the few Catholic Church-sanctioned full-body replicas of the Shroud of Turin will be exhibited on Monday, April 18, at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, St. John Church in Collingswood.
The replica that will be displayed in Collingswood is a copy of the original shroud, a 14-foot long linen cloth marked by a shadowy image of a man. The Vatican has never said it is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, although many Christians believe it is.
The shroud has been the object of several multidisciplinary scientific analyses, but its exact nature and age remain mysteries. Carbon-14 dating performed on a tiny piece of cloth in 1998 showed that the cloth probably came from medieval times, but some scientists have called that evaluation into question.
Donald H. Nohs, one of the world’s leading authorities on the Shroud of Turin and associate general director of the Confraternity of the Passion International, a worldwide lay organization affiliated with the Passionist Order, will be presenter in Collingswood. He will answer questions on the shroud, the Gospels, and the liturgy. In addition, Nohs will give a glimpse at replicas of items used in the passion and crucifixion of Jesus: the crown of thorns, the nails, the Roman flagrum (whip), the spear, and the coin over the eyes.
The presentation will start at 7 p.m. April 18, at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Collingswood. For directions, call 856-858-4737.