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Late Breaking Website News!
Updated August 12, 2014

Check here for important announcements and other Shroud of Turin Website news. This page will be updated whenever new page additions, articles and other resources are added to the site. Each item carries a posting date indicating when it first went online. The most recent update appears at the top of the page. As you scroll down through the page, you can review the items that were added this year in chronological order. You should find this an excellent way to sample the evolving content of this website.

Archived Website News pages: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996

Special Update - August 12, 2014

L'Amore Più Grande (The Greatest Love)
Link to Onlne Reservation System
(starting in October 2014)

Welcome to our Special August Update! The above image is the official logo of the upcoming 2015 Shroud exposition and reflects the theme of the event, "The Greatest Love." Over the past two months we have received scores of letters and calls asking us how to make reservations to see the Shroud when it goes on public display next year (between April 19 and June 24, 2015). As we reported previously, there is no admission charged, but reservations are necessary. Consequently, we have all been patiently awaiting the availability of the Archdiocese of Turin's Online Reservation System. I recently spoke with our contacts in Turin and they informed me that the system is not scheduled to go online until sometime in October 2014, which prompted me to create this Special Update to let you all know. If you are planning to visit Turin on your own, without being part of a tour group, you will need to make your own reservations online at this link: 2015 Online Reservation System (or by clicking on the photo above) once the system goes online. You can check the site yourself from time to time, in case the system goes online earlier. The page is currently available in Italian, English and French. We have also updated our Tours to Turin: The 2015 Exposition page to include this information. Of course, we will update the website again as soon as the system goes online.

In addition to the above news, we are taking this opportunity to include a few other items in this update, like the latest (June 2014) issue of the BSTS Newsletter, some rather sad news from the Shroud Exhibit and Museum (SEAM) in New Mexico, the "Return" of Paul Maloney and the availability of a new STERA, Inc. DVD. We are still planning our larger Fall Update (which will include a number of new papers and articles, several more issues of Shroud Spectrum International and much more), to go online in late September or early October, before the upcoming St. Louis Conference.

Here is the Special Update Table of Contents:

Posted August 12, 2014

BSTS June 2014 Newsletter Issue No. 79 Now Online

BSTS Newsletter No. 79

We are happy to report that the British Society for the Turin Shroud page has been updated and the latest June 2014 Issue No. 79 of the BSTS Newsletter is now online. This issue includes five research articles by Shroud scholars Hugh Duncan, Pam Moon, Peter Lietch, Philippa Foster and Hugh Farey. It also includes articles on a Shroud exhibition currently touring the U.K., recent and future Shroud events and much more. Our congratulations again to Hugh Farey on this, his second issue as Editor!

Posted August 12, 2014

Shroud Exhibit and Museum in Alamogordo, New Mexico Has Closed

Shroud Exhibit and Museum (SEAM) in Alamogordo, New Mexico
Photo ©2014 Andy Weiss

It is with true sadness that we must report the close of an important chapter in Shroud (and New Mexico) history and hopefully, the beginning of a new one. Our dear friend Pete Schumacher, known worldwide as the top expert on the historic VP-8 image analyzer and founder of the Shroud Exhibit and Museum (SEAM) in Alamogordo, New Mexico, reported to us recently that the museum, now over five years old, must either move or close its doors by September 1, 2014. As soon as I got the e-mail, I called Pete to get the details and commiserate with him over this dramatic news. However, his response was positive and upbeat. Rather than try to paraphrase his gracious comments, I am reprinting here the poignant message he wrote and posted on his website, which says it all:

Shroud Exhibit and Museum (SEAM) is forced to move or close operations by September 1, 2014. For 5 and-a-half years, White Sands Mall has generously donated 1900 square feet of prime facilities including all utilities to the Shroud Exhibit and Museum. Recent success has brought them many new paying tenants and they have been able to lease the space in which we have been operating since our opening.

We are very thankful to the owners of White Sands Mall, and to the staff that manages and maintains the mall, for without this generous gift SEAM would not have come into existence. We congratulate them on their success and wish them every success in the future.

So, now it is time to either start a new chapter for the exhibit and museum or end its operations. What happens is up to this community. Your help is needed if we are to continue.

We have a very limited budget. We do not charge fees to enter the exhibit. Nobody is paid to work for SEAM. We are an all-volunteer organization in staff and management. Therefore we need a space that is rent-free and utility-free to the extent possible. The location should be in a commercial area where shopping or tourism is dominant and must be a place where children and staff are in a safe environment.

SEAM is now world famous. Visitors come from Mexico and from neighboring states and communities for the sole purpose of visiting the museum. Some have come from other countries, including France and Panama, Central America, just to experience the Shroud of Turin through this unique exhibit. The exhibit clearly defines the role of New Mexico science and scientists in the history of the Shroud. It has been good for tourism and good for pride in our community of Alamogordo. On the Internet, over 60,000 visitors and 95 countries have spent time learning about all of this. Many hearts have been converted and souls have been set back onto the right path.

If there is any way you can help us, please contact us immediately. Thank you. Yours in Christ, Deacon Pete Schumacher; Phone: (575) 415-5206;

AUGUST 10, 2014 UPDATE FROM SEAM: "The museum is now officially closed so we can deconstruct and store everything until we can locate another space." If any of you are able to help, please contact Pete directly. It would be very sad if such an excellent Shroud resource is lost.

Posted August 12, 2014

The "Return" of Paul Maloney

Paul Maloney at the 2001 Dallas Conference

For those of you who may not be familiar with Paul Maloney, he is a highly respected, dedicated archaeologist and Shroud scholar that has made significant contributions to Shroud studies for the past 35 years. He is well known amongst Shroud scholars for his clarity and meticulously crafted articles and papers. Try typing "Maloney" into our Website Search Engine and you'll get ten pages of results! His work has been referenced by countless authors and researchers over the years.

To be honest, the above headline is a little misleading, since Paul Maloney never really went away. But family and personal matters made it impossible for him to actively participate in Shroud studies for the past five years. So I am very happy to announce that Paul is back! We were thrilled in June 2014, when Paul took it upon himself to compile a 33 page Index to The Untold Story of the Holy Shroud by Carlos Evaristo, which you will now also find permanently linked with the book on our Shroud Booklist page. (A few copies of this book are still available exclusively to members of our mailing list via the Private Subscribers Page).

Then, in July 2014, Paul presented us with a 43 page Index to Wrapped Up in the Shroud by Joe Marino, which is also permanently archived on the Booklist page. But he wasn't finished yet. Next, Paul sent us a short paper titled, Walter C. McCrone and the Max Frei Sticky Tapes of 1978: A Background Study, that encapsulates and updates the much more extensive paper he originally presented at the 1999 Richmond Shroud Conference titled, History of Botanical Research on the Shroud of Turin. [Editor's Note: That paper is currently not available online but was published in the Proceedings of the 1999 Shroud of Turin International Research Conference - Richmond, Virginia - WALSH, Bryan J. (Ed.) - Magisterium Press, Glen Allen, Virginia (USA) 2000]. Paul is also presenting a new paper at the upcoming St. Louis Shroud Conference in October. Welcome back Paul!

Posted August 12, 2014

A New DVD from STERA, Inc.

Barrie Schwortz - 35 Years of Shroud Science: A Personal Perspective
Roll mouse over image to view back cover

For years, people have asked me if there were DVDs available of any of my public presentations. Although my lectures have been videotaped many times and a number are available on YouTube, the results were never really professional quality and certainly did not have the production values necessary to make mass production and distribution of a DVD worthwhile. That is, until now. In July 2013 I was invited to speak at the Pikes Peak Prophecy Conference in Colorado Springs, sponsored by the Prophecy in the News (PITN) organization. They employed a professional video production company to record all of the main presentations and produced a beautiful set of DVDs of the entire event, which they graciously presented to each of the speakers. They also kindly granted us permission to distribute our individual DVDs via our own websites and lectures, so our sincerest thanks to PITN. Because of their generosity, STERA, Inc. can now make them available to everyone on our Website Store page, which includes all the details. In addition to my complete 92 minute presentation, the DVD also includes the Shroud of Turin Q&A I hosted with John and Rebecca Jackson and Russ Breault and a Board Room Interview with Derek Gilbert. [NOTE: Quantity pricing is available. Contact STERA, Inc. for details].

Posted August 12, 2014

A Little Vacation...

STERA, Inc.'s offices will be closed starting Thursday, August 14, 2014 and will reopen for business on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. I am taking the time off to attend my 50th high school reunion in Pittsburgh, PA and visit with my family. Any orders placed by telephone or via the Secure Order Form on our Website Store page will be processed promptly after I return. And watch for our fall update in late September or early October (before the St. Louis Shroud Conference). See you soon!

Posted August 12, 2014

Summer 2014 Website Update

Turin's Cathedral of St. John the Baptist during the 1978 exhibition
Roll mouse over image to highlight area of closeup view
Click image for closeup view and Update on 2015 Exhibition

I had hoped to have the website updated by the end of May, but the amount of material that came in over the past four months was enormous and it just took longer than I expected to get it finished. Of course, that also means that this is another huge update. So set aside some time, make yourself a sandwich and dig in!

I am leading off this update with a report on the burial of Dr. Frederick Zugibe at the Ourem Castle in Fatima, Portugal earlier this year. Dr. Zugibe's forensic contributions to the study of the Shroud were truly significant. Of course, the big story is still the upcoming 2015 exposition of the Shroud, and we have provided the latest information on that as well. In addition, you will find seven more issues of Shroud Spectrum International, the introduction of our new Tours To Turin: The 2015 Exposition page, an update on the upcoming Shroud conferences, links to many recently published articles, books and letters and much more. We hope you find the information useful.

Here is the Update Table of Contents:

Here are links to our recent Breaking News and Special updates:

Posted June 7, 2014

Dr. Frederick T. Zugibe Buried at the Ourém Castle Near Fatima, Portugal

Dr. Frederick T. Zugibe Buried at the Ourém Castle

The Funeral Mass and burial of the remains of Dr. Frederick T. Zugibe, Ph.D., M.D., F.A.C.C., P.C., took place on the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemass), February 2nd, 2014, at 11:30 A.M. in the Mortuary Chapel of Ourém Castle in Fatima, Portugal. Amongst the many in attendance at the Funeral was H.R.H. the Duke of Bragança, Head of the Royal House of Portugal, Paulo Homem Fonseca, the Mayor of Ourém Fatima, Carlos Evaristo, President of the Oureana Foundation and Fernando Lagrifa Fernandes, the President and Founder of the Portuguese Shroud Research Centre who said a few words on behalf of the Director, Dr. Antero Moreira.

We are grateful to Catharine Zugibe, Fred's loving wife, for making this information available to us and to Carlos Evaristo for providing us with additional written materials and photographs of the event that we have incorporated into an article titled, Dr. Frederick T. Zugibe Buried at the Ourém Castle Near Fatima, Portugal. Carlos also kindly sent us a brief (2:42 - 40MB) video of the event which you can view at this link: Zugibe Funeral Video. Certainly a fitting tribute for a truly great man. Rest in peace Fred.

Posted June 7, 2014

Update on the 2015 Shroud Exhibition

Waiting to see the Shroud during the 1978 public exhibition

The above photograph of crowds waiting to view the Shroud in 1978 is a close up of a small section of the photograph of the Turin Cathedral at the top of this update. You can see the same white building in both images. You can also see more than 100,000 people waiting in the long line, sometimes for more than ten hours, to get a two or three minute look at the Shroud of Turin! In 1978, everyone just showed up at the same time (usually very early in the morning) and waited in the queue. What a difference thirty-six years (and the Internet) makes!

Why am I bringing this up? Because the last few public exhibitions of the Shroud have NOT encountered this problem, thanks to an online reservation system put in place by the Archdiocese of Turin. The system allows anyone to go online and make a reservation to see the Shroud on the date and time of their choice. You are then instructed to arrive at the Cathedral at the appointed time (not earlier) and voilà, long lines are a thing of the past! That's the good news.

The bad news is that, as of this writing, the online reservation system is not yet online. In 2010, the reservation system went online about nine months before the start of the public exhibition, so we can probably expect a similar start this time. Based on the number of e-mails we have received, there are a lot of people very anxious to see the Shroud in 2015. Many of you have inquired about making reservations, booking tours and whether STERA, Inc. would be planning anything special (as we did for the 2010 public exhibition). Of course, until the official reservation system goes online, there is not much that anyone can do, since everyone including professional travel organizations will need to use it.

To make planning your trip to Turin easier, we have created a new page (see article below) that provides information from a number of different professional travel organizations that will be offering Tours to Turin in 2015, giving our viewers a wide array of options to choose from. As we did in 1998, 2000 and 2010, STERA, Inc. will again be working with Canterbury Tours, who are already in the process of creating the itineraries for a number of different tour packages in 2015. Again, nothing can be finalized until the reservation system goes online and of course, we will update the website and notify our subscribers as soon as that occurs.

Posted June 7, 2014

Introducing a New Page on

Tours To Turin: The 2015 Exposition

Long time viewers might remember that for the 2010 public exhibition we created a special Tours to Turin page that listed a number of different professional travel organizations that were offering tours to view the Shroud. The page proved very successful and travel professionals and travelers alike reported that the tours were a complete success. With that in mind, today's update introduces a new page, Tours to Turin: The 2015 Exposition, which will serve in a similar manner. Once again we are offering professional travel organizations a free listing on the page (see page for details). Please note however, that since we are unveiling this page well before the official reservation system is in place, the companies are still developing their tour itineraries and will be including them on their websites in the very near future. Not only will you find their listings as before, but you will now also find a Gallery section with photographs and information about other sights worth visiting while in Turin. Since the page is new, consider it a "work in progress," as we expect the list of tour companies to grow over the next few months. We have also included a link to a website listing all the hotels in Turin.

As we did in 2010, STERA, Inc. is again working with Canterbury Tours to arrange a series of tours in which I will personally participate. I will meet each group in Turin, give them a private Shroud presentation and see the Shroud with them at the Cathedral. For more details, see the News From STERA, Inc. article below.

Posted June 7, 2014

Seven More Issues of Shroud Spectrum International Added to Archives + New High Resolution Cover Photos

Shroud Spectrum International No. 24 Cover
Roll mouse over image to view Foldout

We are happy to add seven more issues of Shroud Spectrum International (the first and only peer reviewed journal dedicated solely to the study of the Shroud) in this update, bringing us up to Issue #27 of the 42 published. As always, our sincerest thanks to Dorothy Crispino, the founder and editor of the journal, who gave us permission to reprint it here on this website, along with the extraordinary efforts of Stephen E. Jones, BSTS Member living in Western Australia, who graciously continues to do all the scanning and optical character recognition and Ian Wilson, who provided Stephen with the original issues and valuable input. Today's update includes seven issues (# 21 through # 27), originally published in December 1986 through June 1988 (just before the radiocarbon dating).

We have also added a new feature to the page: links to high resolution lifesize versions of each cover. Simply click on the cover photograph of any issue to view a larger version in pdf format.

Posted June 7, 2014

Spanish Language Translations Added

Spanish Language Translations Added

Last year we published Spanish translations of a number of articles on this website thanks to our good friend Pedro Vázquez García, who lives in the town of A Coruña, in the Northwest of Spain. He pledged to continue selecting articles and sending us Spanish translations and he has been true to his word. We are including two more in this update.

Pedro's contribution is most certainly useful, as our Spanish speaking viewership has been growing rapidly over the past few years. The number of Spanish language translations on the website has also grown considerably, thanks primarily to dedicated viewers like Pedro, who volunteer their services to help the site grow and improve. All I can say is muchas gracias mi amigo! The two papers he translated for this update are from 1998 and 1999 and include:

Posted June 7, 2014

Shroud Conference Updates

Shroud Conference in St. Louis, Missouri - Official Website

Joe Marino, Chairman of the organizing committee for the St. Louis International Shroud Conference, taking place on October 9 - 12, 2014, in St. Louis, Missouri, recently sent us news that the Official Conference Website has been updated to include the Conference Program Schedule and other important information. If you haven't done so already, now is the time to go to their site and sign up to attend the event. You can register online and make your hotel reservations at the same time. The List of Presenters includes many noted Shroud scholars from around the world, so this is a great opportunity for you to come and hear some of the experts first hand and meet them in person. Here is the latest from Joe:

The first event of the conference begins on Thursday evening, October 9th at 7 p.m. and continues through to Sunday, October 12th at noon. Monday, October 13th is Columbus Day and should afford some in the United States extra travel time. Prof. Bruno Barberis, Director of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin, is expected to present two papers at the conference, "Shroud, science and faith: dialogue or conflict?" and "The future of research on the Shroud." Also, St. Louis native, The Most Rev. Michael Sheridan, bishop of Colorado Springs, will be giving an address on the theme of the conference: the Shroud being the controversial intersection of science and faith. There will be other speakers from Italy, France, Spain, England, Australia and Panama, as well as some presentations by members from the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP). (See the conference website and the earlier article below for further details).

Shroud Workshop in Bari, Italy - Official Website

A conference titled, Workshop on Advances in the Turin Shroud Investigation will be held in Bari, Italy, on September 4-5, 2014. The event is being sponsored by the IEEE Italy Section, the Technical University of Bari, Italy and the University of Bari "Aldo Moro," Italy with the technical co-sponsorship of the CIS (International Center for Turin Shroud Studies), Turin. The event is being organized by the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the Technical University of Bari, Italy. Visit the Official Workshop Website for the Call for Papers, deadlines, a complete list of committee members and sponsors, information about the venue and accommodations and much more. You can still receive the discounted early registration rate if you register before July 31, 2014. (See the conference website and the earlier article below for further details).

Posted June 7, 2014

Earthquake Paper Generates Immediate Reactions

Dead Sea Sediments Core Sample - Courtesy Jeff Williams -

On February 13, 2014 we published a Special Update regarding a new paper making news around the world that claimed that neutron radiation generated by a major earthquake could have been responsible for the Shroud's image and could have also modified the cloth in a manner that might have skewed the results of the radiocarbon dating. We made some preliminary comments and promised to provide more information in our next update. The reactions were almost immediate and came from a number of different experts in several disciplines. We are including two of the most extensive responses in this update. Please note that both are reprinted verbatim and neither was reviewed by STERA, Inc.'s Editorial Review Committee.

The first came from Jeff Williams, a geologist who has done extensive research in the Dead Sea (including taking and analyzing countless core samples of the sea bottom sediments). I have incorporated his comments into an article titled, Earthquake Theory Comments by Jeff Williams. The article also includes links to his earthquake paper titled, An early first-century earthquake in the Dead Sea published in 2011 in International Geology Review and his website that explains the research to non Geologists. In a more recent e-mail to me, written after corresponding with the authors of the earthquake paper, Jeff summarized his conclusions this way:

As far as the specifics of the paper and its relation to the Shroud, the basic observation still holds that the biggest earthquake in Judea between 26 and 36 AD was at most M 6.5 and appears to have had an epicenter in the Southern end of the Dead Sea.

Another extensive response from a completely different perspective came from John C. Iannone, noted Shroud scholar and author whose name is well known to regular website viewers. John presents his arguments more from biblical and historical points of view. We are including his comments in an article he sent us titled, The Image on the Shroud of Turin is not the result of Earthquake Activity. Our thanks not only to Jeff and John, but to everyone who wrote to us in response to this article.

Posted June 7, 2014

AMCOR - Amici Chiese d'Oriente (Friends of the Eastern Churches) - New Website

AMCOR - Amici Chiese d'Oriente (Friends of the Eastern Churches)

In March of this year I received an e-mail from Mons. Giuseppe Ghiberti, Honorary President of the Diocesan Commission of the Holy Shroud of Turin, a man very well known to every Shroud scholar around the world. In his letter, Msgr. Ghiberti informed me of a new Shroud related website, AMCOR - Amici Chiese d'Oriente (Friends of the Eastern Churches) and asked if we could include news of it here on Here is the text of his letter:

Dear Barrie,

We met many years ago at the last big congress in Turin in 1998, and subsequently at other events such as the Dallas Conference of 2005. In those days I was appointed by the Turin Bishop to follow matters concerning the Turin Shroud, which I did from 1992 until 2013. As you may imagine, I follow the work of your important website with great interest.

I am writing to you ask if you could insert in your influential website the link to another little website of ours called AMCOR (Amici delle Chiese d’Oriente – Friends of the Eastern Churches) which has a program with the Eastern Christian Churches. This association was founded 12 years ago, and we maintain relations on matters concerning the Turin Shroud with many countries where we take copies of the Shroud and hold conferences about it.

We now have a new website: and we have naturally indicated the link to your website We would be very grateful if you would look at our website and indicate a link to our website in yours if you consider it useful.

I know you are sometimes in Rome. If you should also come to Turin, I would be glad to meet you.

My best regards,
Giuseppe Ghiberti
Presidente onorario della Commissione
diocesana della Sindone di Torino
Via Cardinal Maurizio, 7 – 10131 Torino I

In addition to his kind letter, Mons. Ghiberti also recently provided us with an excellent English translation of many parts of their new Italian language website. I appreciate his thoughtfulness in making this available to us and have included the translation in the form of an article titled, AMCOR. We have also included a link to AMCOR on our Links To More Information and Shroud Centers & Organizations pages. Our thanks to Mons. Ghiberti and our best wishes for great success to AMCOR!

Posted June 7, 2014

Recently Published

Once again, a large number of new books, articles and papers have been published since our last major update in January. We have done our best to include everything of note and hope we haven't missed anything. To make things a bit easier, we have broken the new items down by category (books, papers, etc.).


Journey of the Shroud by Joanna Emery

Journey of the Shroud by Joanna Emery - Technically, this is not a new book, as it was originally published in 2007. What IS new is that the book is now free to read online or download in pdf format via Joanna's new website at the above link. The book was specifically written to introduce children to the Shroud of Turin. As it states on her web page: "Stories for young people, based on the fascinating history behind the world's most famous ancient cloth - the Shroud of Turin."

The Templar Mandylion by Franck Gordon
Available in English and Spanish

The Templar Mandylion (English) - El Mandylion Templario (Spanish) by Franck Gordon - Available in the Kindle e-book format for download from in either language. Here is the author's description of the book:

The historical and religious mystery of the "Templar Mandylion" still remains unsolved to date. Is it the "Baphomet" secretly kept and worshipped by the Templars and which led them to the stake? I tried to explain this mystery in my e-Book.

Sindone. Le tracce della passione. Flagellazione, crocefissione, deposizione e sepoltura (Shroud. The traces of passion. Scourging, crucifixion, burial and deposition)

Sindone. Le tracce della passione. Flagellazione, crocefissione, deposizione e sepoltura (Shroud. The traces of passion. Scourging, crucifixion, burial and deposition) by Ernesto Maria Puzzo is a beautifully illustrated Italian language book. There is also a YouTube video (in Italian) for the book, which provided the following description (edited software translation):

"A detailed study of the visual impressions of the Shroud and a detailed graphic relief of the torture of a man who has suffered the sentence of capital punishment. An analytical visual study accompanies the text and the reading of the images imprinted on the fascinating and enigmatic sheet."

Papers & Articles

Shroud of Turin Exhibition in the U.K. Website

These two new papers by British Shroud scholar Pam Moon were recently published on Pam's Shroud of Turin Exhibition website:

The Lier Shroud and Lucas Cranach the Elder by Pam Moon - "This paper argues that the artist who created the Shroud of Turin copy known as the Lier (or Lierre) Shroud may be Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553)... It examines the signature on the Shroud and compares it with the different ways Cranach signed his name."

The Missing Corners and the Radiocarbon date of the Shroud of Turin by Pam Moon - "This paper looks at the mystery of the missing corners on the Shroud of Turin. Two corners were removed at some time and two are intact... This paper argues that the corners were removed because of water damage from douse water used to put out the fire that partially burned the Shroud in 1532. The contaminated douse water led to the formation of mould and bacteria on the cloth."

The Shroud of Turin - A Critical Assessment by Atle Ottesen Søvik

The Shroud of Turin - A Critical Assessment by Atle Ottesen Søvik - (This article is a translation of the article “Likkledet i Torino – en kritisk vurdering," published in Teologisk Tidsskrift (Journal of Theology), no 3, 2013: 266-294). The author holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion and teaches at MF Norwegian School of Theology. You can follow Atle and read some of his other papers (many in English) on We have also added a permanent link to the article on the Scientific Papers & Articles and Website Library pages of the site. Here is the abstract:

This article discusses the question of whether the Shroud of Turin is the real burial cloth of Jesus, and it consists of four parts. First I present facts about the Shroud. Then I discuss whether the image comes from a corpse or is artificially produced another way, and conclude that it comes from a corpse. This means that if it is a forgery, a corpse was used to create the image. After that, I briefly discuss whether it may be the burial cloth of an unknown crucified man, and argue that it must be the burial cloth of Jesus or a forgery meant to resemble Jesus. Finally, I discuss the crucial question of when the image was formed: is it a forgery from the fourteenth century or is it the real burial cloth of Jesus from AD 30?

Could the Shroud of Turin be an effect of post-mortem changes?

Could the Shroud of Turin be an effect of post-mortem changes? by Lucia Tattoli, Michael Tsokos, Claas Buschmann - This paper was published in the February 2014 issue of Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology and bases its theories on an actual forensic case in which a dead body left an imprint on the floor. The authors propose this might be a parallel to the image on the Shroud of Turin. The first two pages of the article can be previewed at the above link but the complete text is behind a pay wall.

New study shows Man of the Shroud had “dislocated” arms

An article by Andrea Tornielli titled, New study shows Man of the Shroud had “dislocated” arms appeared on May 7, 2014 in the Vatican Insider, La Stampa. It makes reference to a paper by Matteo Bevilacqua, Giulio Fanti, Michele D’Arienzo and Raffaele De Caro titled, Do we really need new medical information about the Turin Shroud? that appeared in the journal Injury, Volume 45, Issue 2, Pages 460-464, published February 2014 by Elsevier. We published the abstract and created a link to the article in December 2013 when it was still in press (being reviewed). I am not really sure why this became "news" again in May, but we are happy to mention it again.

Lumen et Virtus
The Shroud of Turin: Between Art History and Carbon 14 Dating by Antônio Jackson de Souza Brandão

O Sudário de Turim: Entre a história da arte e a Datação do Carbono 14 (The Shroud of Turin: Between Art History and Carbon 14 Dating) by Antônio Jackson de Souza Brandão - The above text link is to the complete paper (in pdf format) of a Portuguese language article published in the online Brazilian journal Lumen et Virtus, nº 10, vol. v, March 2014. You can also download the entire paper directly from the journal website. Below is an online translation of the paper's synopsis from their site. [Editor's Note: The online English translation was not great so I still had to do some minor corrective editing].

When published in 1989, the test results of carbon 14 of the Turin Shroud, led many scientists, agnostics and theists of various religious associations to celebrate their results on the "unmasking" of the strange relic. They forgot, however, that the history of art, documented for centuries, demonstrates exactly the opposite, its imagery making inconceivable [dates] between 1260 to 1390, a period appointed as its probable creation.

Posted June 7, 2014

An Interesting Historic Document

Ray Rogers 1988 Letter to Giovanni Fazio

Recently, Canadian Shroud researcher Yannick Clement was corresponding with noted Shroud scholar Prof. Giovanni Fazio in Italy. Regular website viewers will recognize Prof. Fazio's name from a number of his excellent imaging papers we have referenced on this website. (See the Scientific Papers & Articles List). During their conversation, the professor shared with Yannick a letter he had received from Ray Rogers dated 16 February 1988 (before the radiocarbon dating of the Shroud). At the time, Rogers was still working at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the professor was at the Institute of Physics at the University in Messina, Italy.

Yannick read the letter and quickly appreciated its historic value. It mainly consisted of Rogers commenting on experiments using modern linen and making an observation that lignin "gradually changes its chemical composition with time." It was then that Yannick sent me the following e-mail:

"The minute I got this letter, I thought about you! This document is important, historically speaking, because it shows that, already in 1988, Rogers had begun to come up with the heart of what would later become more developed hypotheses and conclusions... at the same time, we have an impression that, back then, he had not yet come up with the great idea of a thin layer of impurities as the lone image chromophore. I'm pretty sure that he was still thinking... that the STURP conclusions (i.e. an oxidation-dehydration of the cellulose of the fibers) was still valid...

"For all those reasons, this document is truly interesting, just like the 2001 paper you published last year! Those things prove how much Rogers was ready to change his mind whenever new proof and/or solid pièces of evidence were coming his way... A proof to me that he was following the scientific method the best he could."

Yannick promptly asked Prof. Fazio's permission for STERA, Inc. to reprint the letter here on this website and the professor graciously said yes. Our thanks to Yannick for thinking of it and to Prof. Fazio for sharing it with us all. Here's the link: Ray Rogers 1988 Letter to Giovanni Fazio. We have also included permanent links to the letter on our Scientific Papers & Articles and Website Library pages.

Posted June 7, 2014

News From STERA, Inc.

Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, Inc.

Naturally, the biggest news for STERA, Inc. is the upcoming Shroud exposition in 2015. As we did in 2010, STERA, Inc. will again be working directly with Canterbury Tours, who are already in the process of creating the itineraries for a number of different specially designed tour packages in which I will personally participate. I will be in Turin for about two weeks, during which time I will meet (and hang out with) each group. Since we will all be staying in the same hotel, we will have some time to socialize and I will give each group a private presentation and visit the Cathedral with them to see the Shroud. The tours not only allow me to meet and spend time with some of our website viewers, but to see the actual Shroud of Turin with them! It will also serve as a fund raising event for STERA, Inc., and each participant will receive a tax deductible receipt for a portion of their tour costs. The funds raised in 2010 provided STERA, Inc., with the necessary resources to begin formal operations that year. Also, if you choose to work with Canterbury Tours and can organize a group of 20 people or more, you can get your own trip gratis and still help STERA, Inc. Just let them know that you learned about Canterbury from the Shroud of Turin Website when you contact them directly and they will donate a portion to STERA, Inc.

In other news, the STERA, Inc. Board of Directors will be having their first meeting of 2014 sometime in July. At this moment, the agenda is still being planned so the date has not been set. We will include a full report in our next regular update.

Barrie Schwortz
Posted June 7, 2014

Website Store Page In Transition + New Items Added

New Lithographic Print Set Available

You will notice that our Website Store page currently shows a number of items listed as either "Temporarily Not Available" or "Temporarily Out of Stock." That is because, after nearly 36 years, the changing technologies in the imaging world have finally caught up with us. Sadly, it is difficult to find many laboratories still offering photographic prints or transparencies using the older, analog technology. As you know, everthing is moving to digital imaging and older technologies (like those based on light sensitive photographic emulsions) are fading quickly into history. Both Kodak and Fuji have discontinued making most films and the majority of professional laboratories have shifted over to digital printing techniques, which are more economical, efficient, environmentally safer and offer printing onto a much broader range of surfaces. Consequently, we are now performing a complete set of tests on all the larger images we offer and the materials we print them on to insure that the image quality using the new technologies remains just as good as the older photographic techniques. We hope to have that accomplished by the end of the summer and will include updated information (and hopefully, even lower prices) in our next regular update. This does not affect our Lifesize or Miniature Shroud Replicas, which are already printed digitally.

In the meantime, we have added a new item to the store page. Over the past few years we had many requests to make some smaller Shroud prints available, which we did, but only on a very limited basis in very limited quantities. We finally have obtained a good supply and you can now order a set of two high quality 8½" x 11" Shroud Lithographic Prints (as illlustrated above) from our Website Store page. Suitable for framing, they are printed onto heavy cover stock and laminated with a glossy UV coating so they should last for years. See the page for details.

Posted June 7, 2014

Shroud Exhibit Touring America

Shroud Exhibit Website

"A 12-chamber exhibit, exploring the Shroud of Turin through history, art, archeology, forensics and science, is open daily through Aug. 17 at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Royal Oak... The self-guided, audio-visual, one-hour tour also includes more than 50 artifacts, such as ancient coins, manuscripts, and a Roman spear. The exhibit also features a full scale reconstructed version of the tomb of Jesus based on actual archeological studies.The display originated in Spain, and Milford-area resident, Jose Juan Garrigo, CEO of Immersive Planet, brought it to the United States. It kicks off a 70-city, 20-year tour of the U.S. in Royal Oak, Michigan."

Source: May 20, 2014 article in the Gannett local Observer and Eccentric titled, Shroud exhibit takes visitors on trip through history. In addition to their website, the exhibit also has a comprehensive Facebook Page.

Posted June 7, 2014

The Shroud on Television

Russian Language Shroud Documentary Now Available Online

Russian Language Shroud Documentary Now Available Online

Two years ago a number of us participated in a Shroud documentary directed by Alexander (Sasha) Zamyslov for Channel 1 Russian television. Now the entire 52 minute documentary, simply titled "Turin Shroud," is available via YouTube and this is the first opportunity for anyone outside of Russia to view the program. Among those interviewed are Bruno Barberis, John and Rebecca Jackson, Alexander Belyakov (Director of the Russian Center for the Shroud of Turin), Vladimir Polosin (scientist specializing in ancient manuscripts), Aldo Guerreschi, Ray Downing, Luigi Garlaschelli, Andrey Ivanov (Russian scientist), Alexei Lidov (Director of the Center of Eastern Christian culture), Nikas Safronov (noted portrait painter) and Barrie Schwortz. I believe this is the first ever Russian language program we have linked to and hope our Russian speaking viewers enjoy it. Sasha tells me there will be an English subtitled version by the end of the summer and we will include a link to it as soon as it goes online. Congratulations and thanks to Sasha for making it available to us. You will also find a permanent link to the program on our Links To More Information page.

New Italian Shroud Documentary Aired on Easter Sunday

In Search of the Face of Jesus

A new Italian Shroud documentary titled, Alla ricerca del volto di Gesù (In Search of the Face of Jesus), aired across Italy on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, on FOCUS - canale 56. According to the producer's Sydonia Entertainment website, the program is available in Italian, English and Spanish, but I could not determine if it has been released yet on DVD. The producers also make available a beautifully illustrated four page pdf brochure about the program (in Italian) that you can download if you wish. I took the following excerpt from their website (using a software translation tool):

"The Face of Christ. One of the most venerated images in the history of man. Reference point for millions of believers, the subject of study for scientists and researchers who always wonder about its historicity... This documentary is the most comprehensive investigation on the Face of Jesus' A gripping story of faith, intrigue and plot twists, in which many questions remain unresolved."

Although the program mentions the Shroud of Turin, according to the website description it apparently deals mainly with the theory that the controversial "Manoppello" image is actually the so-called "Veil of Veronica." Apparently, one of the tests they performed was to superimpose the Manoppello image over the Shroud image and make some form of comparisons. According to our sources, the program does include interviews with some noted European Shroud scholars, but their names are not mentioned in the brochure or on the website.

Posted June 7, 2014

Answering A Skeptic

Dr. Walter C. McCrone (1916-2002)

In early January of this year I received an e-mail from Gary A. Kentgen regarding the reseach of the late Dr. Walter C. McCrone, one of the most prominent and well known Shroud skeptics for nearly three decades until his death in 2002. McCrone was best known for declaring that the image and blood stains on the Shroud of Turin were paint. Unfortunately, Mr. Kentgen's e-mail arrived too late to be included in our January website update. Mr. Kentgen started his e-mail by stating that "Your bibliographies should include at least some of these papers by Dr. Walter C. McCrone," and then provided a list of some of McCrone's papers and articles relative to the Shroud. A Google search quickly told me that Mr. Kentgen was an "inorganic biochemist, photographer, cosmologist, hiker, naturalist, card carrying scientist" and president of the Anasbestics Co., an asbestos testing laboratory in Illinois. He was also obviously a friend of McCrone's and ended his e-mail with the following statement:

"McCrone was right when he said that no matter how much definitive proof is offered as to the artistic provenance of the Shroud, clever people will continue to invent reasons to believe. A book should be written describing how pseudoscience can take over the media and persuade millions that frauds like the Shroud, Piltdown Man and Cold Fusion are legitimate. All the papers that I have read show that misapplied technology, misinterpreted data and mishandled materials account for 80% of the Shroud's "validation". The other 20% consists of testimony from scientists acting far outside their field of expertise and with heavy bias or ulterior motive."

Although I rarely spend much time answering skeptics, in recent years there has been a growing number of public, ad hominem personal attacks on the integrity and qualifications of the STURP team and its members. These typically go unanswered since many of the original team members have died and cannot defend themselves or their reputations. Consequently, I decided that Mr. Kentgen's letter required a public airing and a serious reply. For the complete text of his e-mail (including the references he provided) and my response to his letter, see the article titled, Answering A Skeptic.

Posted June 7, 2014

The Next Update

The date of the next update will depend in part on when the online reservation system for the 2015 Shroud exposition goes online. As soon as it does, we will do a Breaking News! update to provide you with the registration information. Otherwise, our regular Fall update should go online in September or October. Of course, it will include more issues of Shroud Spectrum International, the latest issue of the BSTS Newsletter, any important Shroud news, more books, papers and articles and much more. See you soon!

Posted June 7, 2014

Breaking News! Dates Announced for 2015 Shroud Exhibition

The Italian language ANSA News Service just announced the dates for the 2015 Shroud exhibition as April 19th through June 24th. This is a link to their Press Release and here is a rough English translation:

(ANSAmed) - TURIN, Feb. 27 - The exposition of the Holy Shroud in Turin in 2015 will be held from 19 April to 24 June, the feast of St. John the Baptist (the patron saint of Turin) and Don Bosco's feast day. This was established by the Executive Council today to coordinate the work of preparation, indicating that the period of the exposition (67 days) is longer than in the past and for the Pope's visit to Turin, both for the jubilee pilgrimage to Salesian. The dates of the Pope's visit to Turin have not yet been specified. [Editor's Note: A recent press release from the Vatican stated that Pope Francis would visit the Shroud on May 24th].

Of course, we will have much more information for you as soon as the details become available.

UPDATE: Here is a link to an ANSA English article about the exhibition and a link to a Google English translation of the Official Shroud Website (currently only available in Italian) announcing the exhibition.

Posted February 27, 2014
Updated March 2, 2014

The Shroud In The News - February 13, 2014

Is the Shroud of Turin In Relation to the Old Jerusalem Historical Earthquake?

Once again, the Shroud of Turin is in the news, this time because of a new paper titled, Is the Shroud of Turin In Relation to the Old Jerusalem Historical Earthquake? just published in the journal Meccanica. Authored by A. Carpinteri, G. Lacidogna and O. Borla, the paper asserts that neutron radiation generated by a major earthquake could have been responsible for the Shroud's image and could have also modified the cloth in a manner that might have skewed the results of the radiocarbon dating. It has long been our policy not to comment on news releases until the claims they make can be properly evaluated by qualified experts in the related disciplines. However, due to the volume of mail we have been receiving and the fact that the entire paper is readily available online, we decided to make a brief comment on the paper until a more in-depth review can be written by an expert in the field and published in our next regular update.

We should first point out that the idea of radiation creating the image on the Shroud or skewing the radiocarbon dating is not a new one. Over the past few decades it has been proposed by a number of Shroud scholars, including Dr. Jean-Baptiste Rinaudo and Mark Antonacci. After reading the article carefully (and reminding you that this is far from my area of expertise), the only apparent new information it includes is the possibility that the proposed neutron radiation was produced as a by-product of a major earthquake. The authors also provide references to credible evidence that such events can and do occur. However, the issue of radiation and the Shroud was addressed in an article titled, The Shroud of Turin: Radiation Effects, Aging & Image Formation, written by Ray Rogers just before his death and published on posthumously in 2005. Rogers was a chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the head of STURP's chemistry group and an expert in the effects of radiation on a wide variety of materials. He based his conclusions on examining and comparing a number of irradiated flax samples, including actual fibers of the Shroud. Once again, you will have to read the materials and decide how significant they are for yourself. We hope to have more information on this in our next update.

Posted February 13, 2014 Celebrates 18th Anniversary January 21, 2014

It is still a bit hard for me to believe that it has been 18 years since I first hit the "send" button and put this website online! The original idea was to create a website to simply share my photographs and some of the STURP data with everyone. Somewhere along the line, it took on a life of its own, and has grown into the largest, oldest and most in-depth archive of Shroud material on the internet. That still amazes me!

Honestly, every time I write this introduction to our anniversary update, it is always with the intention of saying something new and fresh, but it seems that every year I am forced to come back to the same theme: This website would not be possible without the cooperation and participation of all of the researchers, historians, scientists and scholars in the world who allow us to publish their work and all of our loyal viewers (around 800,000 of you in 2013) who visit the site regularly and read millions of our pages a year! By being there, you make our efforts truly satisfying and worthwhile. We could not do this without all of you, so thank you all for making this possible! - Barrie Schwortz, Editor

Here is the Update Table of Contents:

Posted January 21, 2014

Shroud Public Exhibition Scheduled For 2015

The Shroud on Public Display in 2010

Without question, the most important Shroud news in 2013 was the announcement that Pope Francis had authorized a public exhibition of the Shroud in 2015! You can read our original December 4, 2013 Breaking News update which includes links to the official announcment and more. The Shroud will go on public display at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin for 45 days sometime between mid-April and mid-August of 2015. However, the actual dates have not yet been announced and we will do a special update as soon as that occurs. As we get closer to the exhibition and, as we have done in the past, we will also create a special page on the site that will provide additional information, including a list of professional organizations planning pilgrimage tours during the event.

Posted January 21, 2014

Six More Issues of Shroud Spectrum International Added to Archives

Shroud Spectrum International No. 15

For one full year now we have been proudly archiving Shroud Spectrum International (the first and only peer reviewed journal dedicated solely to the study of the Shroud) on this website and are very pleased to add six new issues in this update, bringing us up to Issue #20. With only 42 issues ever published, we are nearly at the 50% mark and hope to complete the archive early in 2015. This is only possible thanks to Dorothy Crispino, the founder and editor of the journal, who gave us permission to reprint it here on this website, along with the extraordinary efforts of Stephen E. Jones, BSTS Member living in Western Australia, who graciously volunteered to do all the scanning and optical character recognition and Ian Wilson, who provided Stephen with the original issues and valuable input. Today's update includes six issues (# 15 through # 20), originally published in 1985 and 1986. Each issue always contains several important articles, often written by legendary sindonologists, and there were some truly extraordinary ones in this latest batch. Take some time and browse through the issues article by article and you will find some true gems.

Since many scholars over the years have used articles from Spectrum as references in their scientific and academic papers, we have retained all the original page numbers and page layouts so the new online versions will remain consistent with the earlier printed references. Also, we have optimized all the photographs and illustrations that accompany the articles and minimized the compression of the pdf files so that the illustrations are the best quality possible. We are sure you will find these truly important journals useful in your studies of the Shroud.

Posted January 21, 2014

BSTS December 2013 Newsletter Issue No. 78 Now Online (with Bonus Material)

BSTS Newsletter No. 78

We are happy to report that the British Society for the Turin Shroud page has been updated and the latest December 2013 Issue No. 78 of the BSTS Newsletter is now online. As we mentioned last year, this is the first issue under the guidance and direction of new editor, Hugh Farey. Hugh has slightly revised the layout and design of the pages and included many more illustrations throughout the issue. As always, this issue includes a number of research articles by well-known Shroud scholars like Ian Wilson, Hugh Duncan and Hugh Farey himself. It also includes articles on recent and future Shroud events, new books and films and much more. Our congratulations to Hugh on accomplishing this major undertaking!

This update also includes some Bonus Material in the form of a a very important (and remarkably prescient) letter written by Ian Wilson to Luigi Gonella on April 30, 1988, on the eve of the 1988 radiocarbon dating of the Shroud. This is from Ian's personal archives and he has graciously allowed us to reprint it here and include it with the other BSTS materials on this site. We hope to include more such historic materials in the future.

Posted January 21, 2014

New Paper Added To Website

Illustration from DNA Analysis and the Shroud of Turin
by Kelly Kearse

After a careful review, the STERA, Inc. Editorial Review Committee has selected one scientific paper to publish in this update. Titled, DNA Analysis and the Shroud of Turin: Development of a Shroud CODIS, the article is by Kelly Kearse, a name becoming very familiar to regular website viewers. This is Kelly's fourth paper on our site and once again, he has taken a very technical subject and made it interesting and understandable for everyone. In this article he clearly explains how the latest refinements in DNA analyses could be applied to the Shroud. Here is the abstract:

Since its development in the mid 1980s, DNA analysis has become a standard procedure utilized by law enforcement and legal systems in the forensic examination of human remains, and to help establish or exclude a connection to a crime scene. The recent progression of gene amplification and enrichment strategies, together with next generation sequencing techniques, have made the analysis of ancient and degraded DNA samples much more feasible than previously imagined. Human DNA has been isolated from the Shroud of Turin, although the results remain rather limited and controversial. Indeed, it is unknown if such DNA truly originates from blood cells present on the cloth or is the result of contamination from exogenous sources. Here, the potential and limitations of modern molecular biology techniques in the analysis of the Shroud of Turin are reviewed, including the evaluation of both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA.

Of course, you will also find this article permanently archived on the Scientific Papers & Articles and the Website Library pages of the site. [Editor's Note: For another recent paper by Kelly Kearse, co-authored with Thibault Heimburger, see the Links To More Information article below.]

Posted January 21, 2014

Shroud Conferences in 2014

Shroud Workshop in Bari, Italy - Official Website

A conference titled, Workshop on Advances in the Turin Shroud Investigation will be held in Bari, Italy, on September 4-5, 2014. The event is being sponsored by the IEEE Italy Section, the Technical University of Bari, Italy and the University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy with the technical co-sponsorship of the CIS (International Center for Turin Shroud Studies), Turin. The list of committee members includes many prominent Shroud scholars and researchers like Bruno Barberis, Francesco Lattarulo, Paolo Di Lazzaro, Nello Balossino, Daniele Murra and many more. The event is being organized by the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the Technical University of Bari, Italy. Visit the Workshop Website for the official Call for Papers, deadlines, a complete list of committee members and sponsors, information about the venue and accommodations and much more. Here are the stated aims of the event:

WORKSHOP AIMS: This workshop is an unprecedented opportunity for all those who are interested in contributing to the scientific studies on the Turin Holy Shroud. This world-wide appealing subject is now within the framework of a leading scientific organization such as the IEEE. This workshop aims to present and discuss all the aspects of this peculiar subject, especially concerning, but not limited to the following topics:

Papers which happen to be, fully or in part, within the IEEE fields of interest will be submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore® digital library

Shroud Conference in St. Louis, Missouri - Official Website

As we announced last year, an international conference titled, Shroud of Turin: The Controversial Intersection of Faith and Science, will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 9-12, 2014 at the Drury Plaza Inn in Chesterfield, Missouri. The organizing committee extended an invitation to Prof. Bruno Barberis, Director of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin, and he has graciously accepted. The event is co-sponsored by Resurrection of the Shroud Foundation and Salt River Production Group and the Official Conference Website is now available with all the details about the conference, the hotel, submissions, etc. Conference registration is also now available online.

Posted January 21, 2014
Updated January 27, 2014

Links To More Information

The Shroud of Turin for Children Website

As usual, over the past few months we have accumulated a large number of links to valuable Shroud related materials that appear elsewhere on the internet. Although we cannot link to every Shroud article, website or blog, we try to make available on a representative sampling of the best materials currently available. To keep things more organized, we have divided the links into several categories.. Of course, we have also archived them to our Scientific Papers & Articles, Religion & Philosophy or Links To More Information pages. Enjoy!

Website and Blog Links

The Shroud Blood Science of Dr. Pierluigi Baima Bollone

Papers & Articles Links

Miracles of Mary Radio Program Website

Audio & Video Links

Posted January 21, 2014

Shroud Booklist Updated With Polish Language Titles

Shroud Booklist Updated With Polish Language Titles

I am pleased to report that the Shroud of Turin Booklist page of the site has been updated with the addition of thirteen Shroud books written in the Polish language. You can easily find them by using the page search feature of your browser (ctrl-F) and searching on "21 January 2014" since we include the posting date as part of the listing for each new title we add. Our thanks to our friend in Poland (who prefers to be simply called "O.K."), who just last December provided us with an updated Polish translation of our Message From Your Host page. Thank you "O.K."

Posted January 21, 2014

Shroud of Turin News from Finland

Website for Shroud of Turin Exhibit in Tampere, Finland

I first got to know Dr. Juha Hiltunen in 2010, when I worked with him and his team as they developed and created the first ever Shroud exhibition in Finland. His dedication and serious approach to the study of the Shroud was obvious. Since then, we have stayed in touch and he just sent me an update with the latest news from Finland, including a link to the website built for the Shroud exhibit held in Tampere in 2013. The site is published in the Finnish language but includes an option to view in English. It is my pleasure to share it with you here:

Since the publication of Dr. Juha Hiltunen's non-fiction book Valokuva Jeesuksesta? (in Finnish) in 2009, which narrates extensively of the scientific research, history and Biblical associations of the Turin Shroud, annual exhibitions around the topic has been arranged in different cities around Finland. Dr. Hiltunen and Professor Jouko Martikainen have acted as scientific co-ordinators in these and travelled also lecturing of the Turin Shroud in Nordic countries.

The exhibitions thus far have been held in Turku (2010 and 2011), Savonlinna (2012) and Tampere (2013). Next one coming is around Easter this year 2014 in Jyväskylä. In 2015 it will most likely be held in Rauma. Beside this, an association called Facies Domini ry (yet under official registration) has been established recently. Its headquarters are in Tampere, with a permanent lesser scale exhibition situated in the Church of Hervanta. Professional seminars around the topic have also been held, the first one was in Savonlinna (2012), where international guest speakers were Dr. Mark Guscin from Spain and Prof. Bruno Barberis from Italy. It was very successful and received extensive Finnish media coverage. The next seminar will be in Jyväskylä and the international speakers invited to it are Prof. Bruno Barberis and Dr. Alessandro Piana. The website was established in 2012. All these, the seminars, an association, websites and the exhibitions particularly, are pioneer projects not only in Finland, but the first of their kind in Nordic countries.

Posted January 21, 2014

Shroud of Turin News From Panama - Special Feature

Petrus Soons gives a Shroud presentation in the Old Basilica (Basilica Antigua) of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City

In October of 2013 my good friend Petrus Soons sent me an update about the inauguration of one of his holograms of the Face of Christ (50 x 60 cm) in the Old Basilica (Antigua Basilica) of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City. I asked him to write a story about the event which he kindly did, and he also included a number of photographs which I have incorporated into the final article titled, Shroud of Turin News from Panama. You can learn more about Petrus' holographic work and see some excellent examples of his results on his website, Shroud of Turin in 3D.

Posted January 21, 2014

News From STERA, Inc.

Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, Inc.

First, I want to extend a sincere "thank you" to all of our friends and supporters who made contributions to STERA, Inc. last year. It was the best year we ever had and, although the final numbers won't be in until after this update goes online, I believe we set a record for contributions in 2013. Your generosity, friendship and continued support are deeply appreciated.

STERA, Inc. held their second annual Board of Directors meeting on December 22, 2013. Due to the holidays, the meeting was a brief one and only a few items of business were discussed. We first reviewed STERA, Inc.'s activities for 2013, including the various venues I spoke at during the year and the public appearance I made on EWTN in November. The next order of business was a discussion of the recently announced 2015 Shroud Exposition in Turin and the impact it will have on STERA, Inc. I was able to report that we would again be working closely with Canterbury Tours (for the 4th time since 1998) and meeting with their tour groups in Turin. Details are yet to be worked out. I also presented the 2013 Financial Report as of the date of the meeting. There were several other issues and suggestions brought up at the meeting that are still being discussed by the board, so it would be premature to mention them here at this time. We will report on them later in the year.

Thank you again for your support!

Barrie Schwortz
Posted January 21, 2014

In Memoriam

Bartolome M. Saucelo, M.D.

It is with great saddness that I must report the passing of long time Shroud scholar, lecturer and author, Bartolome M. Saucelo, M.D., peacefully in his home in South Bend, Indiana on January 1, 2014. Bart, as he was known to most of his friends, founded the Shroud of Turin Society of Northern Indiana and in 2002, authored a book titled, Resurrection Documented - The Shroud of Turin, which he completely revised and updated in 2007. I had the great privilege and pleasure of working with Bart and providing some of the images for his book. We extend our sincerest and deepest sympathies to his wife Doris and the entire Saucelo family, along with his many friends and colleagues. He truly will be missed.

I am taking the liberty of reprinting Bart's obituary here, but you can also go directly to the website if you wish to send your condolences or leave a personal tribute. Here is the direct link: Bart Saucelo Obituary.

Bartolome M. Saucelo, M.D., 88, of South Bend, IN passed away peacefully at home Wednesday morning, January 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born on August 24, 1925 to the late Sylvester and Johanna (Matiga) Saucelo in Guiuan Samar, Philippines, and has lived in South Bend, IN since 1965, coming from New York. Along with his parents, one grandson, Elliot Warren; and seven brothers & sisters also preceded him in death. Bartolome retired in June 1997, as a self-employed Family Physician in South Bend, after 38 years. On July 26, 1986, he married Doris A. (Jaroszewski) Witters at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mishawaka, IN. He is survived by his loving wife, Doris A. Saucelo of South Bend, IN; daughter, Terri A. (Steve) Warren of Lisbon Falls, ME; son, Tony (Shelley) Saucelo of Atlanta, GA; and four grandchildren, Charlotte, William, Arthur, and David Warren.

Bartolome was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and Knights of Columbus Santa Maria Council #553, both in South Bend, IN. He was in charge of the Education Department at St. Joseph County Right to Life for three years during the 1990's; founded the Shroud of Turin Society of Northern Indiana; and founded the Global Filipinos Society for Progress. Bartolome was the initial leader for Couples for Christ in South Bend, IN; and was a past president of Catholic Serra Club International. In 2002, he published a book titled, Resurrection Documented. Bartolome was an avid tennis player, enjoyed playing chess, wood- working, and authoring books & articles. The family would like to acknowledge and give thanks to Grace Hospice for the exceptional care which they provided for Bartolome and his family.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2014 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN, where a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will also be from 10 – 11 a.m. Saturday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2822 Corpus Christi Drive, South Bend, IN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to: Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2822 Corpus Christi Drive, South Bend, IN 46628 or St. Joseph County Right to Life, 2004 Ironwood Circle, Suite 130, South Bend, IN 46635. To send condolences, please visit,

In Memoriam

Thottathil-Varughese "TV" Oommen

Sadly, I learned by telephone on January 11th that our good friend, "TV" Oommen, founder of the Bible Discoveries Museum and Teaching Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, died on October 30, 2013, after a long illness. "TV" was an avid student of the Shroud and presented several articles at Shroud conferences over the years, including the Ohio Conference in 2008. According to his wife, Anna, who called me with the news, "TV" was very excited about the upcoming St. Louis conference and was planning to submit a paper and attend the event. We extend our sincerest and deepest sympathies to his wife and the entire Oommen family, along with his many friends and colleagues. He too will truly will be missed.

Again, I am including his obituary here but you can find it directly at this link on "TV" Oommen Obituary

Dr. Thottathil Varughese "T.V." Oommen, born August 29, 1934 in Tiruvalla, India, went to be with the Lord on October 30, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Annamma. They were married on May 27, 1963 and celebrated their 50th anniversary this year. He has a daughter, Minnie Buerkle, of Vienna, VA (spouse Don Buerkle) and two sons, Roy Oommen (spouse Ruby Oommen) and Regi Oommen (spouse Lorraine King). Dr. Oommen also had seven grandchildren: Rachel Anne Oommen (age 15); Alex Buerkle (age 11); Rebecca Oommen (age 2, deceased 2004); Zachery Buerkle (age 9); Joshua Oommen (age 7); Colin Oommen (age 7); and Shane Oommen (age 2). He is also survived by his three brothers: Thottathil Varughese (twin), Cherian Varughese, and Kurien Varughese; and four sisters: Kunjoojamma Abraham, Aleyamma Varghese, Sosamma Jacob, and Saramma George. An additional three of Dr. Oommen's siblings died when they were infants.

Dr. Oommen retired from A.B.B. in Raleigh, NC as an Advanced Materials Engineer/Advisory Scientist in 2000, where he conducted experiments on improving the efficiency of electrical transformers. At A.B.B., Dr. Oommen earned several patents, including the use of sunflower oil in electrical transformers. Prior to moving to Raleigh, he worked at A.B.B. in Sharon, PA and for Westinghouse in Sharon, PA. Dr. Oommen started his professional career for Westinghouse in Muncie, Indiana in 1977. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1971 from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), and received post-doctoral degrees at the University of Washington and Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL). Prior to getting his Ph.D., Dr. Oommen was a school teacher in Kerala, India and Ghana, Africa.

Dr. Oommen's two great passions were travel and Biblical archaeology. Often, he would combine both passions by taking trips with his wife to Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Jordan in quests to understand the Bible. He was an avid reader and book collector. A Funeral Service will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 4, 2013 at Montlawn Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park. The Oommen Family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Montlawn Funeral Home. Arrangements are made by Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC. Condolences can be made at www. Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 1, 2013.

In Memoriam

Fr. Jorge Loring Miró, S.J.

On January 14, 2014 we received the sad news from our friend Roger Heny in Venezuela that Fr. Jorge Loring, S.J., noted Spanish author, lecturer and Shroud scholar had passed away on December 25, 2013. We extend our sincerest and deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues for their loss. Since Fr. Loring may not be as familiar to American viewers as he was to those in Europe and South America, Roger included some additional background information with the obituary, which I am including here:

I am enclosing below some information about a major shroud researcher in Spain who passed away on December 25th. Maybe you have met him at some of the International Shroud Congresses. He is Fr. Jorge Loring, S.J., who studied the Shroud for more than forty years. He was a tremendous speaker and the public really enjoyed his way of presenting the facts (you can see him via You Tube). He was known worldwide through TV, radio and through his books. I have written his Memoriam and if possible, you can include it on your webpage.

OBITUARY: Jorge Loring Miró (Barcelona, September 30, 1921 - Malaga, December 25, 2013) age 92. Fr. Loring was a Jesuit priest, essayist and expert in apologetics and recognized for his dissemination and evangelization conducted on television (including EWTN) and radio. He was a great defender of the Holy Shroud, which he studied for the last forty years. Until his death, he gave more than two thousand lectures worldwide on the Shroud. He has published three books on this subject: “The Shroud of Turin its authenticity” 1978 (in Spanish); “The Shroud of Turin Invalid Carbon Trials with the Cagliari Congress Conclusions" (in Spanish) 1990, 2000; “The Shroud of Turin, Two Thousands Years Later” (in Spanish and English) 2002, 2003. [Editor's Note: All three of Fr. Loring's Shroud books are listed on the Shroud Booklist page of this site].

Having written numerous books, the most popular, besides the ones on the Shroud of Turin, was titled, "To Save You, Salvarte," which has reached edition number sixty-three, surpassing one million copies sold in Spain, and was also released in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, USA, Egypt, Israel, Russia, etc.

He was cited by Joseph Marino in Appendix O of his 2011 book "Wrapped Up In The Shroud," as one of the “Major Shroud Researchers since 1898."

Posted January 21, 2014

Lecture Schedule for 2014

Barrie Schwortz Lecturing at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota - November 16, 2013
Photos ©2013 Dr. Timothy E. Nagle

My lecture schedule begins earlier this year than it ever has in the past, with my first lectures starting in early February. Last year my lectures started in March and extended all the way to November, which is always somewhat risky, as the weather here in Colorado is often unpredictable at that time of year and flights are commonly delayed or cancelled. Fortunately, the weather was not a major problem in 2013. Since viewers often write me asking where and when I might be giving Shroud presentations, I am again including my upcoming schedule in case I happen to be in your area. If so, please drop by and say hello. Please understand that many of the times and venues are still not finalized and are subject to change. I will do my best to update them before the events if possible. (Note: Dates below include travel days).

Posted January 21, 2014
Updated March 18, 2014

Some Interesting Statistics

Website Statistics for 2013

Just in case you are interested, in calendar year 2013 had 800,000 visitors (up 200,000 from last year and averaging over 2100 visitors per day) that generated 14.1 million hits, viewed 12.6 million files, viewed 2.8 million pages and generated 523 GB of bandwidth! Those numbers have nearly doubled since last year and we thank each and every one of you for your continued support and participation!

In a recent posting on the Shroud of Turin Blog titled FYI: The Big Thirteen, Dan Porter posted a link to the Top Shroud of Turin Websites According to Alexa Popularity Rankings, in which is #1 and Dan's Blog is #2! We are also #1 on all the major search engines, including Google, Yahoo and Bing, and have been for many years. In fact, people often comment to me that we are # 1 on Google and I have to point out that we are four years older than Google! So thank you again for making us NUMBER ONE!

Posted January 21, 2014

The Next Update

It is rather difficult to predict exactly when the next update will go online as I am still in the last throes of finishing this update! However, based on my travel schedule through the spring, it will probably be May or June before the next update is completed. Of course, we will keep you updated on the 2015 Shroud exhibition and will post the dates as soon as that information becomes available. The next regular update will include more issues of Shroud Spectrum International, any important Shroud news, more books, papers and articles, a report on all my travels and a few interesting surprises. So thank you for being there, have a great spring and we'll see you in a few months!

Posted January 21, 2014

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