Marie Mischel reporting in the Intermountain Catholic:

imageThe Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the burial cloth of Christ, will be the topic of a presentation on Sept. 24 at Saint James the Just Parish in Ogden.

The presentation has been organized by Tony and Diana Hanebrink of Saint Joseph Parish in Ogden, who saw the shroud itself when it was on display last year in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy.

"I want other people to experience what we did," said Tony Hanebrink. "The thing that intrigues me so much is that there is so much scientific evidence that this really is the burial cloth of Jesus."

Among that evidence is that pollen on the shroud could come only from an area around Jerusalem in the spring, and that the blood on the shroud is a blood type common in the Middle East but not in Europe, Tony Hanebrink said.

The first historical references to the shroud date back to the fourteenth century. In 1978, Dr. John Jackson, who is now one of the directors of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado, led a group of 30 scientists to examine the shroud. His research has been featured in documentaries by the BBC and the History Channel. Jackson and his wife, Rebecca Jackson, will speak at the presentation in Ogden.

Experts on the Shroud of Turin to speak at Saint James the Just Parish in Ogden Sept. 24 – Intermountain Catholic