Mark Armstrong writes of One Family’s Novena to Italy—From Pisa to Turin and the Shroud for The Integrated Catholic Life:
My interest in the Shroud dates back to 1981 when Patti and I were first married. Back then, Dr. John Jackson, part of a team that examined the Shroud in 1978, gave a presentation from the findings of the Shroud of Turin Research Project to the public in Portland, Oregon.
After that talk, I began to read and study all the information about the Shroud that I could find in those pre-internet days. In the 1990s, as a radio talk show host, I would often invite authors with new books about the Shroud to be guests for my shows. I would learn even more through these books and interviews about what most believe to be the actual burial cloth of Christ. After my visit here in during the 2010 exhibition, I began to write articles for ICL and other websites and give presentations about the Shroud.
It is a fact that no Catholic would ever be required to believe the Shroud is the actual burial cloth of Christ. And it is also true that Catholics will not be the only ones among the more than two million people who will see the Shroud over the three months it is on display this year. The Shroud is respected by most Christians faiths, including Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Orthodox, Pentecostals and non-Christians too. There are of course many others who come to Turin who are just curious and some, ironically, profess no belief in God. All will spend sometimes hours in line as they come here for a three-minute viewing.
In my humble opinion, the Shroud is an enigma and was best described by one of the faithful in the sixth century as, “the image not made by human hands.” More on the science of the Shroud and some of the other incredible sights of Turin tomorrow.
There is more. And there is more to come. See the Mark Armstrong page