The Turin Archbishop’s Message to his Diocese

He writes, regarding the preparation time for Easter 2013 (source

Dear priests, deacons, religious and lay people of Turin Diocese,

the Lent of this Year of Faith will see us engaged in several significant moments of celebration in the Cathedral to profess together the unity of the faith that makes us the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. As the Apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians: «Try to keep, by the peace that binds you, that unity which comes from the Spirit: there is only one Body, only one Spirit, as only one hope, only one Lord, only one faith, only one baptism. There is only one God and Father of all, above all, that in all is present and acts » (4,3-6).

In the Pastoral Letter on Baptism ‘Devi nascere di nuovo’ (You must be born again), I remember that the profession of baptismal faith runs on a series of "no" and "yes" that affect the whole existence of the believer and that qualify their testimony.

So now we want to express our faith also publicly, professing it to live it with the most consistent love and hope. The Cathedral is the mother church where communion and unity of God’s people, around the Bishop, takes place in the most important moments of the liturgical year. It is therefore the place with the most symbolic and concrete unity of faith and charity which unites us and makes us the Church that walks along time and here in our territory.

In this solemn and important occasion we also want to venerate the Holy Shroud, « icon of the Holy Saturday », as Benedict XVI said, with acuity and depth, on his visit during the Exposition in 2010. Beneath the Cross (tells us the Gospel of Mark) the Roman centurion – pagan, therefore – seeing how Jesus had died, said: «Truly this was the Son of God » (Mc 15,39). It is therefore contemplating the Crucifix that we too can say the central act of our faith in Jesus buried, who died and rose again for the salvation of the world.

The Holy Shroud by showing us the tortured body of the Crucified and his suffering face, reminds us of the words of the Apostle John: « God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life » (Gv 3,16). Therefore the Shroud speaks to us not of defeat, but of victory; not of death, but of life; not of despair, but of hope; not of darkness, but of light emanating from the Holy Linen and sustains the faith of those who believe and live it in love.

Contemplating and praying before the Shroud, therefore we will address to the Lord our common prayer: Lord, increase our faith. Do not allow to be less in us the joy and enthusiasm to believe that You are here, in your Church, and operate wonderful things even amid the storms of a reality that seems more and more taking many people away from faith in You. Give us a heart open to the acceptance, courage in the search for who ignores you and wisdom to find ways for an effective new evangelization in our land.

To the Blessed Virgin Consulated, patroness of the diocese, we will rely our profession of faith and the will to make it a new life for us and for every person we meet in everyday of our lives.

So I shall expect you with joy and I hope that we can live together strong moments of prayer, communion and true fraternity.

Mgr. Cesare NOSIGLIA

bishop, father and friend

The Shroud in Early Modern Europe

imageThis book, Religion and the Senses in Early Modern Europe (Intersections) by Wietse De Boer and Christine Gottler (Oct 2012), looks like it might be fascinating as it explores, with regards to the Shroud of Turin, attitudes and beliefs about the shroud in the late middle ages. Two contiguous snippets from separate pages follow. The Emanuele Tesauro mentioned would be the historian and writer from Turin writing in the late 1600s.

Want the book tomorrow? Amazon has only sixteen copies left in stock. There is no Kindle version so you will need to settle for the hardcover, which sells for a mere $194.49.



STERA also breaks the news of the TV only shroud exhibition

Here is how Barrie reports it at

imageIt was announced this morning that Pope Benedict XVI, as one of his last acts as Pontiff, has authorized a television only exhibition of the Shroud of Turin on March 30, 2013 (Holy Saturday) directly from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist where the cloth is permanently stored. Here is an excerpt from an e-mail I received this morning from my friend Bruno Barberis, President of the International Center for the Study of the Shroud (Centro Internazionale di Sindonologia) in Turin with the details:

I would like to give you in advance an important piece of news. On March 30th (Holy Saturday) in the late afternoon (Italian time) in the Turin Cathedral there will be a TV exposition of the Holy Shroud. The exposition will be broadcast by the RAI Uno television network. This event, connected with the "Year of Faith," will happen 40 years after the first and unique TV exposition of the Shroud on November 23rd, 1973. The Shroud will remain in its room in the Cathedral and the length of the exposition will be around one hour. On March 1st in Turin at 11.00am a press conference will be held regarding this special exposition.

It is likely that footage from this exposition will be picked up and shown by other television broadcast networks around the world and on the internet. I will do my best to keep you updated as more details become available. In the interim, you can also check our Facebook page, where I can quickly post any news that may come in while I am traveling and lecturing.

For more information on the unprecedented occasion of this first "technological" exhibition of the Shroud, check out the news page (in English) of the Collegamento pro Sindone website by Emanuela Marinelli. The page includes more details on Pope Benedict’s decision to display the Shroud and a message from Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, the current Archbishop of Turin. As always, our deepest thanks to Emanuela for making this information available so quickly. Grazie!

One Day Special Live TV Exhibition of the Shroud in Turin Cathedral

clip_image001Word is that a special one day exhibition of the Shroud of Turin will take place Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013. It will take place in St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Turin for TV monitor viewing only. Moreover, there is speculation that the live pictures will be streamed worldwide. There is some speculation, as well, that this exhibition will be linked to a recognition of the shroud as an authentic relic of Christ.

Here is some Bing translation of an article from Vatican Insider:

[On] Friday, March 1 at 11, at the Metropolitan Seminary (via XX Settembre, 83-Turin), during a press conference the Archbishop of Turin monsignor Cesare Nosiglia, papal Custodian of the shroud, will present the Television Exposition which will be held on March 30, the eve of Easter.

After the exposition of 2010 which saw pass in front of the Curtain, in the Cathedral of Turin, 2 million pilgrims from around the world and 40 years since the first television Exposition which was broadcast live on 23 November 1973 by Swiss Salon of Palazzo Reale, where the canvas was exhibited vertically (and horizontally as is customary)Once the shroud through Rai 1 cameras can be viewed throughout the world: the transmission of RaiUno is in fact also offer worldwide.

The exposition will take place on the eve of Passover by recalling the meaning that Benedict XVI gave to the Canvas in his visit in Turin on 2 May 2010 when called it "icon of Holy Saturday. The initiative of the exposition is television within the year of faith by Benedict XVI.

Expect a Shroud of Turin Conference in St. Louis in 2014

clip_image001It now seems fairly certain that there will be a Shroud of Turin conference in St Louis, Missouri, the fall of 2014. The likely venue will be the Drury Inn in Chesterfield, just west of the city. 

I fully expect that this conference will be open to the public with an admission fee, as has been the case for recent past conferences. I also imagine there will be a call for scientific and historical papers at some later date.

Give the matter some thought. Make suggestions and ask questions here.

The Exhibit in Schuylkill County

is getting a lot of media attention:

Shroud of Turin replica touches many people spiritually
Standard Speaker-Feb 26, 2013 : Jacqueline Dormer/Staff Photographer Williams Jones, of Shenandoah, shows some of the points of interest in the Shroud of Turin replica on


Shroud of Turin Exhibit
WNEP-TV-Feb 24, 2013 : SHENANDOAH — In Schuylkill County, dozens of people came out to visit “The Shroud of Turin” an exhibit at St. Michael’s Church in


Shroud of Turin replica on view
Standard Speaker-Feb 24, 2013 : to Shenandoah on Saturday in a truck carrying very special cargo – the Shroud of Turin replica. The replica was transported from St. Michael

Barrie Schwortz to be in Seven Churches of Western Washington State

clip_image001If you are going to be in the area, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear Barrie.  His talks, based on scientific and historical facts, are inspirational and informative. According to The Progress, the newsletter of the Archdiocese of Seattle:

It seems improbable — a Jewish man traveling far and wide to tell Christians why he believes the Shroud of Turin is the true burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

But that’s just what Barrie Schwortz has found himself doing, nearly 35 years after he traveled to Italy as a documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project, a group of scientists who studied the shroud in 1978.

"We went there to answer one question: How is the image formed?" Schwortz said from his home in Colorado. "We didn’t go there to prove it was Jesus or prove it was the Resurrection. Our goal was to simply go and figure out how the image was formed."

Although the team couldn’t answer that question, 18 years later the team’s work convinced Schwortz of the shroud’s authenticity. Since then, it has been his mission to disseminate fact-based information and images on his website,, and through presentations and lectures — including a short course this April at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.

And here is the schedule:

Barrie Schwortz will speak about the Shroud of Turin in seven Western Washington communities March 2–7. Most presentations are sponsored by local Knights of Columbus councils; admission is free, but donations to help cover expenses may be requested at some locations.

Saturday, March 2
Monroe – 7 p.m., St. Mary of the Valley Church, 601 W. Columbia St.

Sunday, March 3
Bremerton – 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Cammerman Hall, 500 Veneta Ave.
Vancouver – 7 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 8701 N.E. 119th St.

Monday, March 4
Vancouver – 9 a.m., St. Joseph Church, 400 S. Andresen Road.
Everett – 7 p.m., St. Mary Magdalen Church, 8517 Seventh Ave. S.E.

Tuesday, March 5
Seattle – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 676 Hall, 722 E. Union St.
Call 206-325-3410 to reserve a seat.

Wednesday, March 6
Bellingham – 7 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 2116 Cornwall Ave.

Thursday, March 7
Lynden – 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Rotary Building, 1775 Front St.