Facebook: Barrie Schwortz on Indianapolis

He reports on Facebook:

Last Saturday I gave two sold-out presentations at the truly amazing Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and got to see their beautiful National Geographic Sacred Journey’s Exhibit in person. The museum curators expanded the basic exhibit and added a lifesize replica of the Shroud, which you can see on display in the photo below. The exhibit runs until February 2016 and is definitely worth seeing. I’ll include a full report in our next website update. (See the September 3rd posting below for links). Photo ©2015 Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Other coverage in this blog includes:

Marytown in Illinois Hosting Shroud of Turin Exhibit September 12-20

imageMark Shea has a sense of humor. He tells us in his blog, Mark’s Stuff, over on the Catholic Channel at Patheos:

“Funny story: The last time, Marytown hosted the Shroud Exhibit, they had me out to give a talk on Private Revelation in preparation for its arrival. Outside, their reader board said “MARK SHEA SHROUD EXHIBIT”. I felt bad raising people’s hopes like that.”

Anyway, the point of his blog posting is to let us know:


National Geographic Sacred Journeys Exhibit in Indianapolis

This expands on the material announced on Barrie Schwortz’ shroud.com update

imageThe Archdiocese of Indianapolis informs us on it’s website: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to offer ‘National Geographic Sacred Journeys’ exhibit, including Shroud of Turin replica and lecture

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., will host “National Geographic Sacred Journeys,” an exhibit recreating places, spaces and events of various faith traditions around the world, starting on Aug. 29 and lasting through Feb. 21, 2016.

Among the recreated places and spaces are:

  • The Western Wall of the Second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of Jesus’ crucifixion in Jerusalem.
  • The Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
  • Tepeyac Hill and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
  • Allahabad and Sangam at the confluence of three rivers sacred to Hindus at the Ganges River in India.
  • Bodh Gaya, birthplace of Buddhism.
  • Caves in the bluffs along the Dead Sea in Qumran, Israel, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and more.

Among the artifacts featured are fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls from Qumran, a large rock from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a replica of the Shroud of Turin, and more.

The exhibit is included with general admission.

Coinciding with the exhibit will be two lectures by Shroud of Turin expert Barrie Schwortz. The lectures will take place at the museum on Sept. 19. The 11 a.m. lecture is recommended for ages 10 and older. A second lecture at 2 p.m. will last longer with scientific information geared toward adults. The lectures are free with museum admission, but require advance registration through The Children’s Museum website at www.childrensmuseum.org.

BYOB+ Exhibition of the Shroud of Turin in Toronto

clip_image001An unusual announcement of an exhibition of a replica of the shroud at the Reg Hartt: Hell’s Kitchen, The Public Enemy, The Cineforum in Toronto:

A Replica of THE SHROUD OF TURIN obtained from Barry Schwortz, the official photographer of the 1978 STURP team which examined THE SHROUD is now in Toronto at Reg Hartt’s THE PUBLIC ENEMY (aka THE CINEFORUM, HELL’S KITCHEN) , 463 Bathurst Street in Toronto. The setting is as far from foreboding as it gets. There is a BEER STORE across The Street. You are welcome to bring in a beer, a bottle of wine, some whiskey or, if you prefer, to go out back and smoke a little pot.

You can come by any day at any time between 12 noon and 10pm. Just call first to make sure we are here.


Sundays at 8pm for those who wish to see it I will be screening Barrie Schowrtz talking about The Shroud.

Photo:  From the Torontoist, Reg Hartt: activist, educator, civic prankster.

Twitter: Mayor of Bethlehem Visits Shroud of Turin Exposition

imagePalestinian Vera George Mousa Baboun (Arabic: فيرا جورج موسى بابون), a Roman Catholic, a member of the Fatah party and the first woman to serve as mayor of Bethlehem, pictured here while visiting the Shroud Exposition in Turin.

Picture sourced from official Sindone2015 exposition and Vera Baboun’s Tweets

Picture for Today: Getting Ready for the Shroud Exhibition in 1931


Source:  L’ISOLA DI PATMOS blog

Transferring the Shroud to the Display Case for the Exhibition


The Shroud of Turin in the Wall Street Journal

There is a haunting “Godong via Getty Image” photograph of the “Details of the Shroud of Turin” in the Wall Street Journal. I think the photograph may actually be a cut and paste from a reproduction (below) of the shroud’s face in the Chiesa Della Ss. Annunziata Church in Turin which is sold as a poster in gift shops around town.  It may also be ordered as a poster, T-shirt or tote bag from AllPosters.com.  And here is a good copy of that cut and paste at the Huffington Post, which captions it correctly.

The Wall Street Journal’s Vatican reporter, Francis X. Rocca, yesterday, filed a perspective on the upcoming exhibition of the shroud, An Ancient Shroud and an Eternal Debate: The display of Turin’s famed relic begins Sunday. He writes:

When the Shroud of Turin goes on display Sunday for the first time in five years, it will revive a long-running debate as to whether it is a medieval fabrication or—as Catholic devotees have believed for centuries—the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

But that debate raises the larger question of why Catholics venerate the shroud—and countless other relics.

The fervor surrounding each display of the shroud testifies to the power such relics command in the church. More than a million people have already reserved a free ticket for an up-close view of the shroud, which will be displayed until June 24. Visitors will file past the shroud for 12 hours a day, and about a fifth of the available dates are sold out.


Such veneration inevitably gave rise to a market in relics, some of them dubious, such as the head of St. John the Baptist—as a child. For centuries, pilgrims to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome thought they were venerating a “Veil of Veronica” that the Vatican today acknowledges is a copy.


In the case of the Shroud of Turin, the church does not take a stance as to whether it is authentic or not, leaving that question to scientists and historians. The results of carbon-14 tests in 1988 suggested the shroud was no older than the 13th century, but other experts have since suggested that the fabric tested may have been contaminated by centuries of handling. No one has been able to duplicate the image on the shroud or to explain how it was produced.

When Pope John Paul II visited the shroud in 1998, he acknowledged disagreements about its history and actual connection to Jesus. “Since it is not a matter of faith, the church has no specific competence to pronounce on these questions,” John Paul said.

San Antonio Shroud Expo Extended

imageHave heard from the folks at the Shroud of Turin Expo in San Antonio. They want to inform us that the exposition has been extended to July 12 of 2015. Also, they want to remind us that they are open from Monday to Sunday and tickets are $10 from 10 am to 2 pm (Monday to Friday) and the rest of the time $18.

The Shroud: The Impossible Image

The exhibition will be at the House of Thirteen Doors from Tuesday March 24 to April 25
as part of the celebration of Holy Week and Easter. Hours are Monday through Saturday
from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. Admission is free.

image  Hat tip to Radio Catolica Internacional via Twitter. 

Google translation of a posting in the blog of
El Centro Panamericano de Sindonología

The Pan American Sindonology, along with the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, opened the exhibition "The Shroud: The Impossible image" in the Historic Center of Lima.


Curated by Erwin Scheuch, CEO of CPS and investigation of Rafael de la Piedra, Director of Scientific Research of the CPS, the exhibition of "the impossible image" comprises a series of infographics on studies of the Shroud and a collection replicas of objects or tools used to torture the man of the Shroud. In the infographics some hypotheses that attempt to explain how awesome image on fabric formed was exposed. Finally, you can see a photographic replica to the original size of the fabric.

On the Shroud of Turin, as it is also known to The Shroud the Sainte, Erwin Scheuch says, "is the most studied of the world relic. He is currently in an urn in the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, inside the Cathedral of Turin, a city in northern Italy. Here it has been in the past four centuries. Therefore it can be said that Turin is the city of the Shroud, the city of the Shroud ".

Meanwhile, Rafael de la Piedra, explained that "the Shroud is a linen cloth, woven herringbone. We know it’s a type of fabric that was used in Jesus’ time in the East, while in Europe it was not used before the fifteenth century. In terms of measures, after it was restored in 2002 by removing the liners restricting the full extent of the fabric and will eliminate some wrinkles, the Shroud measured 4.42 meters long by 1.13 wide, about ".

The invitation to visit the exhibition has been extended to all persons interested in various scientific disciplines, to observe and draw their own conclusions. While there can be no absolute certainty about the identity of the man of the Shroud, all investigations and studies indicate that this is a man of the times and similar features to Jesus of Nazareth and the image on the cloth was left by a inexplicable to science physical process, why not been able to reproduce. This process would be the resurrection, which would leave physical traces.

The exhibition will be at the House of Thirteen Doors from Tuesday March 24 to April 25 as part of the celebration of Holy Week and Easter. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. Admission is free.

The photo gallery can be visited gallery of the exhibition "The Shroud: the image impossible.". 

Barrie Schwortz: Not a Painting, Photograph, Scorch or Rubbing

clip_image001Today’s Windsor Star tells of an exhibit about the Shroud of Turin now going on in Windsor, Canada. During the course of the exhibit, Barrie Schwortz gave several lectures. Rick Dawes, in writing the news article, Replica Shroud of Turin draws thousands of curious Windsorites, quotes Barrie saying:

“I got to be in the room with this piece of cloth for five days and nights, hands on,” Schwortz said. “We are the only ones in its history to be given that (sort of) access to it.

“We were there to determine how the image was formed, we failed in that (but) we were able to determine what it was not … it was not a painting, it was a photograph, it was not a scorch, it’s not a rubbing … those are all the conventional ways.”

Divine or artistic impressions aside, few definitive conclusions can be made about the shroud’s origin but Schwortz said the discussion is timely for Catholics during the season of Lent, leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

“There are a lot of stories of what was done to Jesus (on Good Friday) but this cloth documents it with complete forensic accuracy and it bears an image that modern science still cannot explain,” Schwortz said.

Note: The above image is a thumbnail image of a photograph appearing in today’s Windsor Star

Crowd Funding a Twelve Foot Shroud of Turin Sign

Speaking for San Antonio: will it light up at night?

imageThe folks at the Shroud Expo want you to help them. Just a few hours ago they posted this message on their Facebook page:

Register as a supporter for placing a 12 foot sign of the Man of the Shroud at 416 Dolorosa Street, San Antonio. Help us push the Historic Preservation board to grant us the right to place the sign on February 18, first day of Lent.

See our online Campaign for more information. Online registered supporters may take the signs home with them!!


I guess this storefront sign will have to do until they get their four million dollar building.


You have to agree; these folk think big and do it well.

I think I see where the sign is actually going in this live Google Street View.  Have fun, you can explore the neighborhood with your mouse or finger.

Will the sign light up at night?


The Wabash Museum of the Holy Shroud

imageEd Breen, co-host of “Good Morning Grant County” on the radio, who has been reporting on life in Indiana for 48 years writes in The News Herald:

In your youth, particularly at this time of year, when friends and relatives would gather for dinner at the homestead, you were probably cautioned to discuss neither politics nor religion at the dinner table. Bring up either and you are courting dispute and discontent.
To that list you might now add the Shroud of Turin, a piece of linen cloth three and a half feet wide and a little over 14 feet long. To those of a particular Christian faith, this aged fabric is the cloth in which the body of Jesus Christ was wrapped after his crucifixion and from which he emerged at the moment of the resurrection on the third day.

To those of a more skeptical faith, it is an object worthy of pious veneration. Genuine, perhaps, but perhaps not. To those whose skepticism flows to cynicism and those not of the Christian faith, it may well be interpreted as a great and ancient medieval fraud, a hoax of elaborate and artistic proportions.

This simple fact is indisputable: This piece of cloth and its embedded image of a man, whose record can be traced quite clearly to the year 1390 and perhaps earlier, this shroud has been preserved, studied, examined, revered, embraced, denied and enshrined more than any swatch of fabric in human history.

Now a vast archive of science, literature, history, art and documentation dealing with the Shroud of Turin—so named because it has been preserved in the northern Italian city of Turin (or “Torino,” in Italian) for 700 years—has found a permanent home just up the road in Wabash, in a beautiful, 8,000-square-foot, Tudor-style building built by Wabash native and industrialist Mark Honeywell in the 1920s. This library of materials is on the grounds of what was the Honeywell estate, later the Wabash Country Club, north of Wabash on State Road 15.

It is in the custody—indeed, it is the life blood—of a transplanted Boston Italian, a man not only of faith but also of determination. His name is Richard Orareo. . . .

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Now Live: Make Reservations to See the Shroud of Turin in 2015

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Shroud Expo to Open in San Antonio

imageThe home page of the Shroud Expo website now reads:

‘Thank you Royal Oak, Michigan. San Antonio, Texas is our new stop” Buy ANYTIME Tickets online for the incoming Exposition in San Antonio, Texas. ANYTIME Tickets will be for sale until 5 days prior to inauguration. Take advantage of this offer before it is too late. ANYTIME Ticket for sale at $ 12.00.

Taking a look at the ticket sale page, it looks like the exposition will run from November 13 to January 31, 2015. It is open every day, even Christmas Day, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. The guided tour takes 55 minutes.

Do check out the website:

The Exposition

Believers and non-believers, men and women will see this Exposition that touches the soul, awakens the heart and challenges the intelligence

The story never told

imageThe Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. A man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth.

It is, in fact, the single most studied artifact in human history, and we know more about it today than we ever have before. And yet, the controversy still rages.

The visitor walks through 12 chambers through the history of the object most studied: The Shroud of Turin. From the finding of the Shroud and its hidden negative, the visitor will see and discover the history, science, controversy, and facts surrounding the Shroud of Turin.

The scientific response to the possible resurrection of the body of Jesus Christ.

More than 50 original pieces

Original pieces that allow the visitor to understand for themselves the history behind the Shroud.

Art, History and Science

Historical objects from the First to the Nineteenth Century such a codex, coins and several other pieces collected over a long study are in display, taking the visitor though an interaction of history and modern science, …… a journey about the man in the Shroud.

The Shroud

The exposition allows the visitor to be part of a unique experience showcasing a relic from the Eighteenth Century with a piece of the Shroud, sealed by Pope Benedict XIV (1740-1758).

Audio Guide

All visitors receive an Audio Guide to tour the Exposition. Visitors may choose among several languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Albanian, Arabic, Assyrian Aramaic, Polish, Portuguese, and Rumanian. The audio guide has a duration of about 55 minute duration.


The exposition offer visitors a high quality printed catalogue. This book allows visitors to relieve the magic of the twelve chambers of the exposition. For those not able to see the exposition, is a perfect introduction to history, science and the man in the Shroud.

Catalogue is available in English and Spanish.

Shroud Exhibit in Small Town, Rural Canada

I like to think that all we do in studying the shroud and talking and writing
about it finds its most important expression in voices like this one.

imageOn Tuesday this week, Tim Lasiuta wrote about the shroud in the local Innisfail Province newspaper. Innisfail is a small agricultural town, midpoint between Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta. The population is just shy of 8,000 people:

The Shroud of Turin is a true mystery of the ages.

Whether or not you believe it is or is not the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, whether you dismiss it as medieval fake or a roughly 2,000-year-old piece of linen from the Jerusalem area, its existence makes you take a stand.

Last week, my wife and I went to St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church in Red Deer to see the venerated Shroud of Turin, or at least the ninth copy in North America, and the experience was amazing.

[ . . . ]

Having seen the copy first-hand, I can say there are some things you need to experience in life.

You just never know how you will respond.

Ninth copy refers to one of nine copies of the shroud Pope Benedict XVI approved and individually blessed for display in tours around the world.

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