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The Shroud of Turin in the Wall Street Journal

April 18, 2015 7 comments

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  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

April 13, 2015 2 comments
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The Shroud: The Impossible Image

April 2, 2015 Comments off

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

March 16, 2015 81 comments

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

February 5, 2015 Comments off

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?


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The Wabash Museum of the Holy Shroud

January 1, 2015 2 comments

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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