Shroud of Turin Picture of the Day (@sindone2015) tweets out this picture and a message to the effect that the shroud can be encountered by the blind at the Museo della Sindone (Museum of the Shroud) in Turin.  For additional  information see


This is the text of the tweet in the original Italian: L’incontro con la Sindone può essere un’esperienza anche per i non vedenti, per informazioni

The Awesome Shroud-based Art of Juan Manuel Miñarro Lopez

imageThe place to see some of his work on the web is his Facebook page. You’ll want to bookmark it and return to browse through the hundreds of photographs.

A Google translation from the Spanish edition of Wikipedia tells us:

He graduated in Fine Arts in 1984 and in 1987 achieved his doctorate with a thesis entitled: Study of artistic anatomy to the iconography of the Crucified on the sculpture , presenting the Stmo. Cristo de la Paz Rochelambert (Sevilla) as a imagemodel. Since 1988 he is professor at the School of Fine Arts of Seville , and was subsequently appointed professor specializing in sculpture. He is a scholar of the Shroud , and uses the results of their research to improve the realism of the sculptural representations of Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ of the University of the University Brotherhood (Córdoba) finished in 2010.

His work is mainly religious themes and includes numerous images of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary destined to Brotherhoods of Easter different places Andalusia and the rest of Spain. One of his last works is a large monument dedicated to Pope John Paul II that is located adjacent to the Cathedral of Seville .

If you will be in Pittsburgh on February 4th

imageThe Pittsburgh Catholic reports that:

Donald Nohs, an expert and leading authority on the Shroud of Turin, will present “Discovering Jesus in His Holy Shroud,” on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

Nohs, director general of the Confraternity of the Passion International and president of the Holy Face of Jesus, has been studying the shroud for more than 50 years. . . .

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Nohs’ presentation will focus on the shroud in the Gospels. It will examine liturgical connections and how it leads to the Eucharist. Audience members can prepare themselves to encounter the risen Christ by physically touching or kissing his physical face. Nohs will bring life-size authentic replicas of the shroud that present it in both positive and negative images.

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The presentation is sure to inspire those who see it. Tickets are $7. They are available at the St. Paul of the Cross Office, 148 Monastery Ave., or by calling 412-381-1188, ext. 121. Seating is limited.

If you are unable to attend the live presentation, you can watch Discovering Jesus in His Holy Shroud, published on YouTube just last year:

400,000 Viewing Reservations Already (@sindone2015) tweets that they have signed up 4500 volunteer workers to assist with the Shroud Exposition and that nearly 400,000 people have booked viewing reservations.


Set Your DVR

imageJoe Marino writes:

Just watched "Veil of Veronica" on American Heroes’ Channel "Myth Hunters" series.  The description:

Searching for the truth behind one of the Church’s most mysterious relics – the Veil of Veronica – this programme follows the discovery and impact of the miraculous face of Manoppello – an image not made by human hands of the resurrected Christ.

It briefly mentions the Shroud.  It’s going to be repeated Friday Jan 2 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

I didn’t know there was an American Heroes’ Channel. It seems to be part of Discovery Communications (think Discovery Channel).

Merry Christmas


Nativity in an Aryshire Setting by William Bell Scott, 1872

Merry Christmas Everyone


On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity

John Milton, 1608 – 1674


This is the month, and this the happy morn,  
Wherein the Son of Heaven’s eternal King,  
Of wedded maid and Virgin Mother born,  
Our great redemption from above did bring;  
For so the holy sages once did sing,   That he our deadly forfeit should release,  
And with his Father work us a perpetual peace.  

That glorious Form, that Light unsufferable,  
And that far-beaming blaze of majesty,  
Wherewith he wont at Heaven’s high council-table
To sit the midst of Trinal Unity,  
He laid aside, and, here with us to be,   Forsook the Courts of everlasting Day,  
And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.  


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