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Updated October 8, 2018





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. And you can also view every previous year's Website News pages at the links below:

Archived Website News pages: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996


FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY! October 8, 2018

40 Years Ago!
Ray Rogers takes tape samples during the 1978 STURP examination of the Shroud

Forty years ago today, on October 8, 1978, the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) team began their historic, first ever in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud of Turin in a makeshift "laboratory" in the Royal Palace of Turin. The examination took place over a period of five days and nights, from October 8 through 13, 1978. In commemoration of that historic event, we have been celebrating the anniversary year by including some special materials in each of our regular website updates and culminating with this Special STURP Update today. After forty years, we felt it was time to publish ALL twenty of STURP's original, peer-reviewed papers, so they are now available to everyone (for the first time on the internet) here on Shroud.com. See our lead off article below for details and links. We are also including a memorial for our dear friend and internationally respected Shroud scholar Paul Maloney, who died unexpectedly on August 27th. Also included in today's update is a response to the recent flurry of negative media attention the Shroud received that was prompted by a paper published by two Italian skeptics. Other articles include an update on this year's Jalsa Salana Shroud Conference in England, news from STERA, Inc., an update on the Shroud Billboard Project in South Carolina and the start of our once-a-year annual fundraising effort. This update also brings you ten more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, a feature article and beautiful photographic essay by our dear friend Aldo Guerreschi on the newly restored and reopened Guarini Chapel in Turin, many new books, papers, articles, videos and a few surprises. Enjoy!

Here is the Update Table of Contents:


Today Marks the 40th Anniversary of STURP's Historic 1978 Shroud Examination - Part 3
All STURP's Published Papers Now Available!

Ron London (left) and William Mottern, STURP Radiology team members,
set up a low power x-ray in front of the Shroud of Turin. (Click for larger view)

The above photograph shows Ron London and Bill Mottern setting up their low power x-ray machine, the same device that was at least in part responsible for the seizing of all of STURP's equipment by Italian customs upon its arrival in Italy back in 1978. The wooden crate that housed the x-ray machine had a radiation sticker on the outside, and that apparently raised enough concern to cause the customs officials to seize everything and refuse to release it upon our arrival. We arrived a week prior to the scheduled start of our examination (while the Shroud was still on public display) in order to unpack, set up and calibrate all our instruments and equipment so we would be fully prepared when the Shroud was brought to us. Unfortunately, it took five and a half days before the equipment was finally released so we had to work around the clock for the remaining 36 hours to prepare everything for our testing. We were still finishing our preparations when the Shroud was brought into the examination room, a full hour and a half ahead of schedule! In spite of the pressure and stressful circumstances, everyone pulled together, worked as a team and we got the job done!

In our January 2018 update I re-released the special tribute video I produced for the 30th anniversary of the STURP team's examination in 2008, titled, "A Tribute to the STURP Team 1978 - 2008," which was first shown at the 2008 Columbus, Ohio Shroud Conference. In our June 2018 update we published the original STURP Test Plan, formally titled, Operations Test Plan For Investigating the Shroud of Turin by Electromagnetic Radiation at Various Wavelengths, and made it available online for the very first time. We have permanently archived links to the Test Plan on our Main Menu and 1978 Scientific Examination pages.

I wanted to do something special for today's update and spent a lot of time thinking about it. Since we first went online on January 21, 1996, we have included a Bibliography of STURP's published papers, but were unable to publish the papers themselves due to copyright restrictions. Considering the historic importance of the work, that has always been one of my biggest frustrations, especially now on our 40th anniversary. However, in 2009 the ownership of this website and all of my Shroud photographs and other materials was legally transferred to our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, STERA, Inc., an organization dedicated to educating people about the Shroud and archiving online the most important Shroud materials for future research. Since we provide the information for educational purposes and are effectively the single largest Shroud resource on the internet, we believe we now fall well within the Fair Usage clause of the copyright law. Furthermore, there is no charge to access any of the content on this website nor do we permit any type of advertising so we derive no commercial benefits from their publication. Based on those facts, I decided to publish all twenty of the papers in this update and have simply renamed the "Bibliography of STURP's Published Papers" page: STURP'S Published Papers. We have also added all the papers to the Website Library and Scientific Papers & Articles pages. Of course, should any author prefer to have their paper removed, we will gladly do so upon written request. In the meantime, Happy 40th Anniversary STURP!

Posted October 8, 2018

In Memoriam

     Paul C. Maloney
     (April 9, 1936 - August 27, 2018)

It is with the deepest sadness and regret that I must report the unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague, archaeologist Paul Maloney, peacefully at his home in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, on August 27, 2018. Paul was one of the most respected Shroud scholars in the world and the news of his passing came as a great shock to the Shroud community. Within hours the comments poured in from Shroud scholars and researchers around the world. Many of the comments were from the online Shroud Science Group, of which Paul was a truly valued member, so I have included them in this memorial. In fact, there were so many comments that I have compiled them into a separate document titled, Paul Maloney Memorial. It also includes a transcript of the Eulogy presented at his funeral on September 1, 2018 by Shroud Science Group member Massimo Paris. Here is the link to the official Paul Maloney Obituary and a link to the obituary we included on the STERA, Inc. Facebook page that includes many more notes of condolence.

I have known Paul for close to forty years and for the past two years we have been working on several projects together. The first was the archiving of the Eugenia Nitowski Microscopy Collection, which we completed earlier this year. More recently Paul was creating a map of the Max Frei tape samples taken in 1978 and was using my photodocumentation images as a basis for the work. I documented a considerable number of the magnetic markers that were placed at Frei's sample sites during the 1978 examination and Paul compiled all the visual data into a final map showing their accurate locations. Monday morning, August 27th, I was up early to catch a morning flight for a series of lectures in Indiana and checked my e-mails for the last time around 6:30 a.m. There was only one e-mail in the box, from Paul Maloney and the time stamp was 5:19 a.m. This is what it said:

Hi Barrie,
I may have a serious medical problem and might have to go into the hospital today. So just in case that I don't come out of this where I can get to a computer to send you this material about the Max Frei map I want to send it now so you'll have it.
Warm regards,
Paul

Having spent the day in airports and airplanes, it wasn't until late that night when I checked my home phone messages from the hotel in Indiana that I heard a message from Mark Maloney, Paul's son, who I had never spoken with before. He asked that I contact him and that it was urgent, so I immediately had a bad feeling about things. However, it was far too late to return the call that night, so I went to sleep not knowing what the situation was. The next morning, I turned on my computer and found the e-mails announcing Paul's death. Needless to say, it made the e-mail I received from Paul even more poignant, as if he had some kind of premonition that morning. I called and left a message for Mark and he returned the call a bit later that day. He told me that Paul returned home from the doctor's office, decided to take a nap and never woke up. I told Mark about Paul's final e-mail to me and we both fought back the tears. It was a difficult moment.

More recently, I had a rather tearful conversation with Lois Maloney, Paul's widow, and she asked me to please continue the work Paul and I had started together. Since Paul sent me the last version of his map paper, we agreed that I should publish it in its current form and we have included it in the links below (as well as on the Website Library and Scientific Papers & Articles pages). The third project Paul and I were working on was the digitizing of over 5000 photomicrographs on 35mm color slides that Paul had made of the Max Frei tape samples when they were in his possession. He was in the process of annotating the slides but had not yet completed the task when he died. Once he had completed that phase I was to start digitizing the images. Since this was the most important (and the largest) of the three projects, Lois has agreed to allow STERA, Inc. to take up the work and finish as best we can what Paul began. We have yet to work out the details but I hope to have more news in our next update. I will conclude this part of the memorial with some links to important Paul Maloney materials. Rest in Peace my dear friend. You surely will be missed.

Barrie Schwortz

Thanks to Giorgio Bracaglia and the archives of the Holy Shroud Guild we bring you the following three videos:

Posted October 8, 2018

Ten More Issues Added to Rex Morgan's Shroud News Archive

Shroud News

With this update we add ten more issues to Rex Morgan's Shroud News archive, which will total 118 issues when complete. This update includes Issue #101, April 1997 through Issue #110, October 1998 and leaves only eight issues remaining until the archive is completed. This group of issues includes coverage of the April 1997 Chapel fire in Turin, the May 1997 Nice Symposium, the 1998 public exhibition, the 3rd International Shroud Congress in Turin and contributions by such notables as Maurizio Paolicci, Rex Morgan, Revd. Kim Dreisbach, Joe Marino, Isabel Piczek, Sr. M. Dympna, William Meacham, Remi Van Haelst, Fr Peter Little, SJ, Giampiero Leo, Mark Guscin, Barbara Stinson Lee and many more. Our sincerest thanks as always to Stephen Jones for his extraordinary effort in scanning and optical character recognition of every page, Ian Wilson for providing the original issues and valuable input and of course, to Rex Morgan for his gracious permission to reprint them here on Shroud.com.

Posted October 8, 2018

News From Turin: Guarini Chapel Reopened
New Photographs by Aldo Guerreschi

The Guarini Chapel
© 2018 Aldo Guerreschi

By the time you read this, the famous Guarini Chapel that housed the Shroud in a special altar for more than three centuries will have finally reopened. On September 21, 2018, I received an e-mail from Paola Cappa, External Relations CIS - International Center of Sindonology, that stated, "With pleasure we forward the program of the extraordinary initiatives of the CIS and the Museum of the Shroud within the program of ceremonies for the reopening of the Cappella del Guarini." That was great news, since the Guarini Chapel has been closed for twenty-one years! For those that might not know, the Guarini Chapel and the adjoining Cathedral and Royal Palace were severely damaged in an arson fire on April 12, 1997, which led to the heroic rescue of the Shroud by Mario Trematore. The Chapel was the source of the fire and suffered the most damage and was permanently closed until the very expensive repairs and reconstruction could be accomplished. You can find details and photographs of the fire as well as a video of the dramatic rescue on The 1997 Fire page of this site. Since the CIS was kind enough to send me a copy of the program in Italian, I used an online service to translate it into English and am including both versions here: Guarini Chapel Reopens (English translation) - Riapertura della Cappella del Guarini (Original Italian language version). In the days leading up to today's update, a number of other articles have appeared on the internet about the Chapel so I am including a few of them here as well:

LAST MINUTE ADDITION: On Friday night, October 5th, I received an e-mail from my dear friend and brother photographer, Aldo Guerreschi, in Turin. I was thrilled to hear from my old friend but even more thrilled to see the selection of beautiful photographs of the restored Guarini Chapel that Aldo sent me just in time for this update! Thank you Aldo! The images are so beautiful that I have put them into a single document titled, The Guarini Chapel by Aldo Guerreschi and am sharing it here with all of you. Enjoy!

Posted October 8, 2018

STURP's 40th Anniversary Celebrated in Shreveport, Louisiana

STURP's 40th Anniversary Celebrated in Shreveport, Louisiana
(Link to St. John Berchmans Website)

On October 11 -13, 2018, the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport, Louisiana is hosting a series of events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the STURP team's examination of the Shroud in 1978. Participants will include Russ Breault, John and Rebecca Jackson, Dr. Cheryl White, Fr. Peter Mangum and me. It is worth noting that John and I are both original members of the STURP team and we are truly grateful to the folks at St. John Berchmans for sponsoring the event, which includes a presentation by Russ on October 11th, a Panel Discussion on October 12th with all of the participants and a presentation on October 13th by John and Rebecca. You can find the schedule and get all the details on the St. John Berchmans Website. We look forward to meeting some of you there.

UPDATE - October 22, 2018: The event was a great success and on October 13, 2018, the panelists appeared on the The Best of Times radio program with Gary L. Calligas. Here is a link where you can listen or download the program (43:57): http://www.thebestoftimesnews.com/download.php?type=RADIO&download=682

Posted October 8, 2018
Updated October 22, 2018

A Personal Report on the 2018 Jalsa Salana Shroud Conference in England

2018 Jalsa speakers (l to r) Pam Moon, Jorge Manuel Rodrigues Almenar,
Emanuela Marinelli, Bruno Barberis, Barrie Schwortz
© 2018 Navida Sayed (Click for larger view)

On August 3, 4, 5, 2018, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Jalsa Salana Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Hampshire, England for the fourth year in a row. For the past four years, the Review of Religions magazine, the 113 year old publication of the Ahmadiyya community, has sponsored a Shroud Conference at the Jalsa that has grown in scope and size to become the single largest annual Shroud event anywhere in the world, with nearly 38,000 attendees this year! I think the irony is obvious.

Once again, Pam Moon brought her beautiful Shroud Exhibition (which typically tours around the U.K. each year), her amazing volunteer associates Brenda and Stuart Benton and Luigi Antoniaz and set up the exhibit in the very large tent or marquee that the Review of Religions provides annually for the Shroud Conference. I might add that this year, the marquee was huge and held not only the exhibition, but a small stage and seating for a substantial audience. Because of the record high temperatures in England this year, the marquee was also fully air conditioned. But perhaps the best part of this year's Jalsa was the illustrious group of international Shroud scholars that made presentations at the event. There for his second Jalsa was Bruno Barberis, Past-President of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin. Attending her first Jalsa was world renowned Shroud scholar Emanuela Marinelli from Rome. The Review organizers were thrilled to have Emanuela present since she could address the women at the event. Much like Orthodox Jews in their synagogues, Muslims typically separate the men from the women at these events, so we presented to each group individually. Mark Guscin from Spain had originally been scheduled to attend and discuss the Sudarium (as he did for the first time last year). Unfortunately, he had to cancel due to other obligations so Emanuela contacted our dear friend Jorge Manuel Rodrigues Almenar, President of the Centro Espanol di Sindonolgia (CES) or Spanish Center of Sindonology in Valencia, Spain, and he graciously accepted the invitation. It was great to see him again!

Of course the big news of the day was the non-stop media coverage about (yet another) new scientific study that supposedly proved the Shroud was a "fake." The coverage was referring to a paper published by two Italian skeptics, Matteo Borrini and Luigi Garlaschelli. The latter's name will be familiar to many of you since he has been an avowed and public Shroud skeptic for at least ten years. [Editor's Note: See Debunking the Debunkers below for an extensive rebuttal of the paper's claims]. Since their work had received major coverage by the world media, the Review team decided to start the Shroud conference by scheduling what would become a truly amazing press conference that addressed the issue head on, and by some of the top Shroud scholars in the world... [Keep reading for the results of that press conference, media links and additional photographs]

Posted October 8, 2018

Debunking the Debunkers

Controversial Paper
A BPA Approach to the Shroud of Turin
by Matteo Borrini and Luigi Garlaschelli

On July 10, 2018, a paper titled, A BPA Approach to the Shroud of Turin by Matteo Borrini and Luigi Garlaschelli was published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. In essence, it stated that some of the bloodstains on the Shroud were "unrealistic," so consequently, the Shroud must be a "fake." Never mind the fact that the authors used artificial blood on the body of a plastic mannequin for their experiments and didn't take into consideration that the surface of the actual victim's skin would have been dramatically different than their plastic "dummy" due to perspiration, merciless beating and severe trauma. Never mind the fact that they totally ignored all of the peer reviewed science published in the literature based on direct examination of the Shroud that challenged their conclusions. Of course, regular viewers will recognize Garlaschelli as a long time vocal skeptic of the Shroud and a researcher who consistently brags that he is funded by an athiest group in Italy. Within a few days the media coverage began and from there it basically went viral. I learned of it when an avalanche of e-mails flooded my mailbox, asking me my thoughts on these new claims. I often say that "Shroud is a Fake!" makes a better headline than all the science that proved it was not a fake. That was certainly true in this case. Sadly, I was in the midst of a very busy travel and lecture schedule and could not address the paper immediately, so I responded to many of the folks who wrote to me via return e-mail. Finally, on July 19, 2018, I was able to post a brief comment about the paper on our STERA, Inc. Facebook page.

Typically, when these type of news stories break, there is little response from pro-authenticity researchers since the media tends to ignore their replies anyway. However, this time was different! Respected Shroud scholars and experts from around the world were quick to respond and challenge the conclusions, even though they got much less media coverage than the initial claims. Rather than try to summarize all of the material myself, I am including below some of the many media articles promoting this paper, followed by links to the many responses generated by credible Shroud scholars challenging these claims. Let's begin:

Media Reports

O.K. I am sure you have seen enough! There were a LOT of media outlets that carried this story, including major main stream giants like Fox News and NBC. Even the History Channel folks chimed in, as did Haaretz in Israel! I honestly could have included dozens more but I think you get the idea. Fortunately, there were many comments and rebuttals from qualified experts that followed, although most of them never made it into the popular media, as you will see, so I am including links to them here. Hopefully, they will clarify and remove any doubts you might have regarding the flawed conclusions in this skeptical paper:

Comments and Rebuttals

There may be other responses being prepared by other Shroud scholars and we will either update this article once they become available or include them in a future update.

Posted October 8, 2018

Shroud Museum Opening in the Great Smoky Mountains

Shroud Museum Opening in the Great Smoky Mountains
(Click for larger view)

I am pleased to announce that a new Shroud Museum is opening on October 20, 2018 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The museum's founder, Lonnie Abrams, contacted us more than a year ago and we worked with him to provide many of the images they have on display, including a lifesize replica of the Shroud and photographs of the STURP team at work. The exhibit also includes a full size Garden Tomb, implements of the Passion and much more. The museum is located at 2684 Parkway, Pigeonforge, Tennessee 37863, and will be open seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Phone: 865-366-3770.

Pigeon Forge is a mountain town and vacation area in eastern Tennessee, and the home of Dollywood, country singer Dolly Parton's Appalachian-themed park consisting of rides, an adjoining water park and a museum of her costumes and memorabilia. The city's other attractions include country music revues like the Smoky Mountain Opry, dinner theaters such as Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and outlet malls. Lonnie's goal is to make the Shroud available to the 11-13 million tourists that visit the area each year. We hope to include a more in-depth story and photographs in a future update.

Posted October 8, 2018

Update on the Shroud Billboard Project

Shroud Billboard Project - Hilton Head, South Carolina
(Click for larger view)

In our January 2017 website update we introduced the Shroud Billboard Project, modeled on a project by an organization in Dublin, Ireland that published billboards of the Shroud face without any accompanying text or verbiage and created quite a strong public reaction. I was contacted by Val Kelly, who, with her small prayer group in South Carolina, wanted to duplicate the idea near her home in Hilton Head and asked me what it would take to obtain an image for that purpose. I liked the idea of a Shroud image without any text since each person who saw it would have to think about it and ultimately decide what it meant for themselves. I provided the image and Val and her prayer group funded the production of a test billboard that has remained in place ever since. You can read more about it and get all the details of the original project at the above link.

Recently, Val contacted me again with an update on the project, which is making some serious progress. The Holy Face Project has established The Holy Face Project Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so they can raise funds for additional billboards. All contributions to the Fund are fully tax deductible as allowable by law. Here is a donate link that takes you directly to the appropriate landing page: Support the Holy Face Project. I have also included a separate document titled, The Holy Face Billboard Project where you can find additonal details and more information on how you can participate and support the project. Val also sent us a more recent photograph of the current billboard, which we have included above.

Posted October 8, 2018

Vancouver Shroud Association's Man of the Shroud Exhibit
Now Available in the United States

Vancouver Shroud Association's Man of the Shroud Exhibit

I first started working with the Vancouver Shroud Association (VSA) in 2004, when the then newly-formed organization contacted me to help design their new Man of the Shroud traveling exhibit. For several months I worked with their exhibit designer (who also happened to curate a museum in Vancouver), and provided images and written materials for the thirty museum boards that would become part of the final exhibit. Since then, the exhibit has traveled and been hosted at parishes in many provinces across Canada. I have continued to work with them to help keep the exhibit up-to-date and several years ago became a member of their Board of Directors. I travel to Canada at least once each year to make presentations around the exhibit (I spoke in Calgary earlier this year) and at a recent Board Meeting the Directors of the VSA agreed to expand the scope of the exhibit by accepting invitations from the United States for the first time.

This museum quality display includes a life size Enrie photographic replica of the Shroud of Turin, a specially designed display easel for positioning the Shroud replica above an altar; replicas of Christ's Passion and the Sudarium of Oviedo and 30 panels with text and color images relating to the history, science and significance of the Shroud of Turin. The exhibit provides an excellent opportunity for parishes to sponsor a major local event, particularly during the Lenten season. The VSA is also pleased to recommend excellent Shroud presenters upon request. For details about the exhibit and booking information, please visit their website at www.manoftheshroud.org and select their contact page for communication purposes.

Posted October 8, 2018

News From STERA, Inc. - New Board Member Added
2018 Fundraising Campaign Launched

STERA, Inc. Secure Contribution Form

At the July 15, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting, the STERA, Inc. Board accepted the retirement and emeritus status of Board member Joan Rogers, who will continue to remain available for consultations if needed. This created the need to select and approve a new Board member to take her place. In evaluating potential candidates, one name came to mind immediately, and I recommended Raymond Schneider to fill the position. For those who might not know Ray, he is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Information Technology at Bridgewater College, a contributing member of the online Shroud Science Group and a highly respected Shroud scholar. I am pleased to announce that the Board approved his selection unanimously and Ray is now the newest member of the STERA, Inc. Board of Directors. Here is a link to a list of the Current STERA, Inc. Board of Directors. Congratulations Ray! We look forward to working with you.

As I have stated in the past, I love the work I do as editor of this website and as President of STERA, Inc., but one of the most difficult (and uncomfortable) responsibilities I have is raising funds each year in the form of tax deductible contributions to support the website and our other long term projects. Frankly, with the large number of visitors we have each year, we could generate substantial revenue by allowing advertising on the site, but we have never allowed ads in our 23 year history and have no intention of allowing them in the future! That means that we need your support to help make up the difference. As President of STERA, Inc., I am obligated to solicit contributions from our viewers and subscribers, just like every other non-profit in the world. Of course, unlike most non-profits, we only have one annual fundraising effort near the end of each year. We prefer not to bombard you with continuous requests for contributions during the course of the year (which I am sure you appreciate). But now, that time has come again so here are some reminders of the ways you can support STERA, Inc.

Our newest means of supporting STERA, Inc. is via "Giving Assistant," which allows you to shop at more than 3000 of your favorite brand-name stores and receive cash back for all your purchases. You can then specify what percentage of your cash back earnings you would like to have automatically donated directly to STERA, Inc. We already have several supporters using this method and we encourage our viewers who shop online to help support us this way. You can save money and help STERA, Inc. at the same time!


Last year we announced our participation in a non-profit program from Amazon called "Amazon Smile," which allows you to shop as you normally do and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price directly to STERA, Inc. Amazon charges no fees for this service and you can even adjust your settings to automatically enter Amazon Smile every time you log on to the Amazon website. It provides an easy way to support our work and this website without spending anything extra. As soon as we instituted it last year, it quickly became a great success. We thank all of you who logged in and began supporting us this way. We truly appreciate it!


We have also joined with eBay For Charity to provide an additional way to support Shroud.com and STERA, Inc. You can use it whether buying or selling on eBay and a percentage that you designate is donated to STERA, Inc.


You can also support STERA, Inc. and Shroud.com by purchasing items directly from our Website Store page. With the holidays fast approaching, you might want to look at some of the items we make available, including a miniature Shroud replica on cotton canvas, a set of high quality lithographic prints, several different Shroud transparencies in backlit PhotoGlow frames and a number of DVD's. Any of them would make great gifts for your favorite Shroudie! Order by December 15, 2018 for Christmas delivery.


Of course, we have also made it very easy to safely make a tax deductible contribution online using PayPal or your credit or debit card via our Secure Contribution Form (or by clicking on the graphic at left or at the top of this article). The form also includes details on how you can contribute by Mail or by telephone. Naturally, we hope many of you will contribute generously since we must rely in part on our viewers for financial support. We understand that you are constantly being asked to donate to many worthwhile organizations and hope you will consider STERA, Inc. and Shroud.com worthy of your support. As further incentive and to express our gratitude for your contributions, we are offering contributors a number of excellent gifts for their support. We thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.

Barrie Schwortz
President, STERA, Inc.
Posted October 8, 2018

Recently Published Papers and Articles

The Max Frei 1978 Sticky Tape Locations, Data Foundation and
Accompanying Critical-Analytical Commentary
by Paul C. Maloney

We begin this section on a sad note, with the posthumous publication of the last paper written by our dear friend Paul C. Maloney titled, The Max Frei 1978 Sticky Tape Locations, Data Foundation and Accompanying Critical-Analytical Commentary. As I mentioned in Paul's memorial above, we had been collaborating on a project for more than a year and he sent me this final draft of the paper in the early morning hours of August 27, 2018, the day he passed away. It includes the final version of the map and commentary he had created that accurately documented the source areas on the Shroud where Max Frei took his tape samples in 1978. The maps were based in large part on the photo-documentation images I took of Frei collecting his tape samples during the 1978 examination and marks Paul's final contribution to Sindonology.

Of course, a number of other papers have been published recently and we are including them here as well. All have also been permanently archived on the Scientific Papers & Articles page (alphabetically by title) and the Website Library page (alphabetically by author).




On a final and rather disappointing note, I have to report that a paper we linked to in our October 2017 update has been retracted by the journal in which it was published. This is a rare occurence and even more rare is the fact that the retraction came a year after the paper was published. Unfortunately, this casts a shadow over all Shroud science and demonstrates the need to always adhere to the highest scientific standards in our work. I am including below a link to the original paper with retraction and the authors' reply to the retraction:

Posted October 8, 2018

New Translations Added

New Translations Added

We have always tried to include different language translations of pages, articles or papers whenever they were available. In recent months, a number of people have contacted us and freely offered their services to translate certain articles or pages on the site. We are grateful for their contributions and are including below links to the original articles as well as the new translations. For your information, the above flags are from (l to r) India, Spain, Netherlands and Lithuania and represent the new translations in today's update. Thank you all for your participation!

Posted October 8, 2018

Recently Released Videos and Audios

Emanuela Marinelli - Mysteries of the Turin Shroud Revealed

As I have mentioned before, videos and audios have become a mainstay of the internet. That is why we are always looking for interesting ones that have merit that we can bring to our viewers. Of course, with so many videos available, it is impossible to evaluate them all and difficult to decide which ones to include here. So, if you know of one that you think should be included here on Shroud.com, please send us the link and we may include it in a future update. Here are a few to get you started:



Posted October 8, 2018

Recently Published Books

Recently Published Books

Only one new Shroud related book was published in recent months. We are listing it here but have also permanently archived it on the Shroud of Turin Booklist page (alphabetically by author). To make it easy to find the new addition, we have annotated its listing with "(Added 8 October 2018)" so you can simply search for that phrase on the Booklist page should you forget the title.


Inadvertent Images: A History of Photographic Apparitions by Peter Geimer

The book has a chapter on the Shroud titled "Case Study II: A Self-Portrait of Christ or the White Noise of Photography?" (pp. 99-139). Here is an excerpt from the Amazon description:

"As an artistic medium, photography is uniquely subject to accidents, or disruptions, that can occur in the making of an artwork. Though rarely considered seriously, those accidents can offer fascinating insights about the nature of the medium and how it works. With Inadvertent Images, Peter Geimer explores all kinds of photographic irritation from throughout the history of the medium, as well as accidental images that occur through photo-like means, such as the image of Christ on the Shroud of Turin, brought into high resolution through photography. Geimer's investigations complement the history of photographic images by cataloging a corresponding history of their symptoms, their precarious visibility, and the disruptions threatened by image noise."

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (March 14, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 022647187X
ISBN-13: 978-0226471877
Posted October 8, 2018

The Shroud on the Internet

New Shroud Alaska Group

The internet continues to be a major source of activity and information about the Shroud, with new resources popping up on a regular basis. Of course, it is impossible to keep up with everything that appears, but we try to select and include the most interesting and relevant links for your information. Should you see something online that you believe would be appropriate for this website, send us an e-mail with the link and we'll consider it for a future update.





[Editor's Note: I received an e-mail from avowed Shroud skeptic Colin Berry on May 30, 2018, which included a link to a compilation web page of his research on the Shroud. Frankly, I did not respond to his e-mail nor did I include the link in our June 21, 2018 website update. Shortly thereafter, I received a comment from and had a written exchange with David Goulet, one of our viewers on our Facebook page. With his permission, I am reprinting it below, since it explains why I was initially hesitant to include the link to Colin's web page.]

Posted October 8, 2018

Our Next Update

I always write this section as I am completing one of our website updates, so I am never really sure when the next update will go online. However, I am certain that the next major update will occur on January 21, 2019 and will mark our 23rd anniversary on the internet! That update will also include the completion of Rex Morgan's Shroud News archive with the addition of the last eight of 118 issues, the latest papers, books, articles and videos and of course, any breaking Shroud news. To be sure you don't miss any important Shroud information as it occurs, check our STERA, Inc. Facebook page from time to time, since we now try and update it every week or so to keep you informed between our regular website updates. You can also join our Website Mailing List and receive an e-mail whenever the site is updated (3 or 4 times per year) or any important Shroud news breaks. We hope you find this update interesting and useful and look forward to seeing you soon! Thank you all again for being there! You are truly appreciated.

Barrie Schwortz
President, STERA, Inc.

Posted October 8, 2018


Long Overdue Spring/Summer Update! June 21, 2018

40 Years Ago!
Mark Evans takes photomicrographs during the 1978 STURP examination of the Shroud

Sorry for the very long silence, as it has been a full six months since our last website update. In fact, that is the longest we have ever gone without an update in our 22+ year history. Our major computer crash in January was immediately followed by the busiest travel and lecture schedule I have had in years. Needless to say, that put me far behind in everything, including updating this site, so your patience is appreciated. As I mentioned in our last update, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the first ever in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud of Turin by the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) on October 8-13, 1978. In commemoration of that historic event, we will be celebrating the anniversary year with some special materials in each of our regular updates and culminating with a Special STURP Update on October 8, 2018, 40 years to the day that we began our examination of the Shroud in 1978. This update also brings you seven more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, more information on the special youth pilgrimage and Shroud exhibition authorized by Pope Francis for August 2018, announcement of an international conference in 2019, obituaries for several departed Shroud scholars, many new books, papers, articles, videos and much more. There is a huge backlog of material that I have included in this update, so let's get started.

Here is the Update Table of Contents:


2018 Marks the 40th Anniversary of STURP's Historic 1978 Shroud Examination - Part 2

Smiling faces at the end of the five day Shroud examination
(l to r) Prof. Luigi Gonella, Eric Jumper, Msgr. Jose Cottino,
Fr. Adam Otterbein, John Jackson & Ken Stevenson (Click for larger view)

The above (never-before published) photograph was taken at the press conference held on Saturday, October 14, 1978, the morning after STURP ended their historic scientific examination of the Shroud and the day the cloth was returned to its reliquary. I think the expressions on everyone's faces indicate there was a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment amongst all those involved. For those who might not know, Prof. Luigi Gonella was the Scientific Advisor to the Archbishop of Turin in 1978 and still held that position ten years later, during the radiocarbon dating of the Shroud. Physicist Eric Jumper, then of the Air Force Academy, was the co-founder of the STURP team. Msgr. Jose Cottino was titled the "Keeper of the Shroud" and held one of the three keys to its reliquary. Fr. Adam Otterbein was President of the Holy Shroud Guild that acted as our liason with Turin and King Umberto. Physicist John Jackson, also from the Air Force Academy, was the co-founder of the STURP team. Ken Stevenson, another member from the Air Force Academy, was the Public Affairs Coordinator for the STURP team. Please note the book that Prof. Gonella is holding, which is a now rare copy of the original STURP Test Plan that was only issued to each team member and certain Turin officials. It was based on this plan that King Umberto authorized our historic 1978 examination of the Shroud. As part of our 40th anniversary celebration we are making the original Test Plan, formally titled, Operations Test Plan For Investigating the Shroud of Turin by Electromagnetic Radiation at Various Wavelengths, available online to everyone for the very first time. I think you will find it enlightening as it clearly demonstrates the thoroughness and care that STURP exhibited in planning their research. It creates a benchmark and provides an example that future Shroud researchers can use to carefully plan their own work. We have permanently archived links to the Test Plan on our Main Menu and 1978 Scientific Examination pages. Watch for more important STURP information in our next update.

Posted June 21, 2018

Update On Special Youth Pilgrimage Recently Authorized by Pope Francis

10 Paths for the Pilgrimage of Young People to the Shroud
Click above graphic for link to Press Conference Website (in Italian)

In our January update in an article titled, Special Shroud Exhibition Approved by Pope Francis, we announced that Pope Francis approved the suggestion by Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia, the Archbishop of Turin, to allow a special exhibition of the Shroud exclusively for the pilgrimage of young people in August 2018. The exhibition will not be open to the general public. Since then, the International Center of Sindonology (CIS) in Turin has provided us with some updated information, including several links to Italian language websites about the event. The first of these is to a Press Conference website titled, "10 Paths for the Pilgrimage of Young People to the Shroud." Below is an online English language translation of the page. For more details, read the article (in Italian) at the above links. You can use an online translation service to translate the page into your native language.

The Sign of the Paths of Young People: the Meaning and the Reasons

There will be ten paths of the pilgrimage of young Piedmontese people in front of the Shroud for the extraordinary veneration of the Sheet, the night of August 10th. They will be the distinctive program with which the Diocese of Turin, together with other Italian ones, are preparing for the embrace with the Pope in Rome, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August and, especially at the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled for October 2018 on the theme "Young people, faith and vocational discernment". An appointment for which they are still mobilizing all the dioceses of the world. The press conference on the streets held on Friday 4 May at the Circolo della Stampa at Palazzo Ceriana in Turin, the headquarters of the Piedmontese Order of Journalists, served to take stock of the stages of approach to the highlights of the initiative: those until August 12th.

"In Italy we are preparing a great" sign "that will have the youngsters as the protagonists: the ancient and ever new experience of walking on foot in the territories of our country - explained Don Luca Ramello, head of the Youth Pastoral Office of the Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta - If Rome and the meeting with the Pope certainly represent an always sought after destination of great religious significance, the peculiarity of the itineraries of next August will concern the stages of the paths, which will lead to walking in the cities, countries and in the countryside of our dioceses and parishes, offering a new look at landscapes, architectures and natural settings that are not always known and appreciated. The reappropriation of cultural heritage and natural beauties of our land requires a different way of approaching the reality that surrounds us, a way that pilgrimage on foot allows and propitiates.

"The hope is that the paths of next summer can help our young people" descend to Capernaum "(Jn 2.12), in the daily life of a renewed life."

The second link the CIS provided is to another Italian language website specifically about the Pilgrimage titled, L'Amore lascia il Segno (Love Leaves the Sign). Below is an online English translation of the page. Again, you can use an online translation service to translate the page into your native language.

On the journey of young Italians to the #Synod2018, with the meeting with Pope Francis on 11 and 12 August 2018, the dioceses of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta invite diocesan pilgrimages to converge at the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale and from there to Turin. On the night of 10 August 2018 an exceptional gift for all pilgrims: the veneration of the Holy Shroud. In the footsteps of the Beloved Disciple to discover that ... Love leaves the Sign!

The final link is to another page of the above website (in Italian) that provides Inscriptions and Information (including maps) on the paths that the pilgrimage will take. Our sincere thanks to Paola Cappa, External Relations, International Center of Sindonology, Press office, Museum of the Shroud for providing us with the information.

Posted June 21, 2018

Seven More Issues Added to Rex Morgan's Shroud News Archive

Shroud News

With this update we add seven more issues to Rex Morgan's Shroud News archive, which will total 118 issues when complete. This update includes Issue #94, April 1996 through Issue #100, February 1997, which also happens to be the seventeenth anniversary issue and the largest to date, with more than 80 pages. That leaves only 18 issues remaining until the archive is complete! This group of issues includes contributions by such notables as Ian Dickinson, Rex Morgan, Paul R. Smith, Br. Bruno Bonnet-Eymard, Remi Van Haelst, Ian Wilson, Dr. Alan Whanger, Prof. Daniel Scavone, Dr. Alan D. Adler, Dorothy Crispino, Paul C. Maloney, Dr. Eugenia Nitowski, Joseph Marino, Fr. John Conliss and many more. Our sincerest thanks as always to Stephen Jones for his extraordinary effort in scanning and optical character recognition of every page, Ian Wilson for providing the original issues and valuable input and of course, to Rex Morgan for his gracious permission to reprint them here on Shroud.com.

Posted June 21, 2018

ASSIST Newsletter Now Online

The ASSIST Newsletter

Speaking of newsletters, Paul Maloney contacted me earlier this year about archiving the ASSIST Newsletter here on Shroud.com. For those who are not familiar with Paul or the ASSIST organization, it is formally known as the Association of Scientists and Scholars International for the Shroud of Turin, Ltd. and Paul is one of its founders and General Projects Director. The organization is actually a consortium of groups and individuals dedicated to the scientific research of the Shroud. In fact, ASSIST was the first organization to acquire the important Max Frei Collection. Paul himself is an archaeologist who has dedicated himself to the study of the Shroud for more than 40 years and whose many contributions are highly respected around the world. [Editor's Note: Try typing "Maloney" into the Website Search Engine on Shroud.com and you will get more than 160 results]!

As for the Newsletter itself, sadly, for a number of reasons only three issues were ever published. Paul has graciously allowed us to reprint them here and make them available to everyone. I think you will agree that it is a shame more issues weren't published. We have also archived the newsletters on the Website Library page.

Posted June 21, 2018

Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome Now Offers Online Shroud Courses in English

Registration Now Open For Fall Courses

As many of you know, each year I teach a course titled, "The Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP): The Team and Their Science" at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum (APRA) in Rome. It is part of a larger curriculum that leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies. Here is a brief description: "The Science and Faith Institute of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, in collaboration with Othonia, the International Center of Sindonology in Turin and the Giulio Ricci Diocesan Center of Sindonology of Rome is offering for the eighth consecutive year a Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies. This program offers a systematic approach to the intellectual challenges posed by the Shroud of Turin, as well as the opportunity to go deeper into the message that it proposes to the faith and to the heart of believers."

Historically, I teach my course in English while a translation into Italian was being recorded in real time. My course, among many others, is now available online (in both English and Italian) via the APRA website. Note that the instructors and lecturers for the various courses include Nello Balossino, Bruno Barberis, Gianfranco Berbenni, Antonio Cassanelli, Andrew Dalton, Paolo Di Lazzaro, Roberto Falcinelli, Giuseppe Ghiberti, Ada Grossi, Eamon Kelly, Flavia Manservigi, Alfonso Muñoz-Cobo, Rafael Pascual, Alfonso Sánchez Hermosilla, Piero Savarino, Barrie Schwortz, Enrico Simonato and Gian Maria Zaccone. Since this is a postgraduate course, certain academic requirements must be met to obtain accreditation, but there is an option to just audit the classes if you prefer. To do so, students are only required to complete the courses and conferences, after which they will receive a certificate of attendance. See the website for additional details and Registration information.

Posted June 21, 2018

Turin's International Center of Sindonology Holds Annual Meeting in Chambéry

Saint Chapelle in Chambéry, France

This year, Turin's International Center of Sindonology (CIS) decided to celebrate the annual Feast Day of the Holy Shroud (on May 4th) and also hold their annual meeting (on May 5th and 6th) in the town of Chambéry, France, a place that plays an important role in Shroud history. The focus of this year's meeting was radiocarbon dating and the CIS delegates met at the conference hall of the Diocese of Chambery and gave a series of reflections on the dating of the Shroud, thirty years from the results obtained with the Carbon 14 method. Speakers included ENI chemist, Dr. Marco Ricci, who provided the basic elements for understanding the procedure, Dr. Paolo Di Lazzaro, ENEA laser physicist, who focused on the limits of the methodology applied to the samples and Dr. Marco Riani of the University of Parma, with a robust statistical analysis on the 14 C dating by the three laboratories to which the task was officially assigned. As a member of the CIS Scientific Advisory Committee myself, I had hoped to attend the meeting. However, when the dates were announced I realized that I would be in the air and flying to Rome to teach my course at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum on May 5th, the first day of the meeting. Consequently, I was not able to attend so I cannot report on the Chambéry event first hand. Instead I will provide you with the best information I have to date and will update this story again as more information becomes available.

On May 3, 2018 the following article appeared in the Turin newspaper La Stampa: Dubbi sull’età della Sindone. Gli esperti riaprono il caso (Doubts on the age of the Shroud. Experts re-open the case). The Italian language article was excellent and covered the CIS meeting in detail. Fortunately, Joe Marino was kind enough to provide us with the following Google translation:

"Thirty years after the dating of the Shroud with the technique of radiocarbon, new doubts emerge on the reliability of that result, according to which the sheet that bears the image of the body of a man scourged and crucified as Jesus would actually be a fabric dating back to medieval times. It will be discussed at the annual meeting of the scientific committee of the International Center of Sindonology, May 5 and 6 in Chambéry, in Savoy, with international physicians, physicists, chemists, historians and biologists. Among these is Paolo Di Lazzaro, research director of the Esnea di Frascati, who in his speech will remember as "the calculation that transforms the number of C-14 atoms in the age of a tissue" present "greater uncertainties compared to other solid samples ( bones, artefacts, etc.) due to the greater permeability of the textile sample to external agents (bacterial digestion, mold, dirt)."

"It is no coincidence, Lazzaro explains, that Beta Analytic, one of the most renowned companies for C-14 dating, is now cautious about the reliability of tissue dating with this technique, "recognizing that textile samples need more precautions compared to other materials ". In particular, Beta Analytic states that "tissue dating is performed only in the context of multidisciplinary research", and that "samples taken from a tissue treated with additives or preservatives generate a false radiocarbon age". The Shroud has in the past been in contact with preservative and anti-moth materials, which could therefore have distorted the dating..." (Continue reading)

Posted June 21, 2018

2019 International Shroud Conference Announced

Science : Theology and the Turin Shroud

Our good friend Dr. Gary Chiang of Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, recently announced that he is organizing an international Shroud conference titled, "Science : Theology and the Turin Shroud" to take place on August 14-17, 2019 at his university. Of course, he is still in the planning stages so we don't have all the details, but here is the information Gary provided in the meantime. We will include any new information as soon as it becomes available.

"It will be held at Redeemer University, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, on August 14-17, 2019 and accommodations will be available on-campus. Ancaster is accessible via three airports (Toronto, Hamilton, Buffalo). Tentative cost of registration: $275 participant; $100 spouse; $100 student (Canadian dollars). We hope this price will also include food, and can confirm that the closer we are to the date. It does not include accommodation. Once the contract has been worked out with the university, a web page will be created for registration and accommodation. If you have any questions, contact me at 2019shroudconference@gmail.com.

"At this time, it would be helpful if you could indicate your interest in attending and if you would like to give a presentation/talk. Note: the conference includes both the science of the Shroud and its relationship to theology. We also have a special student rate hoping to encourage young academics to become involved. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION. /s/ Gary Chiang"

Posted June 21, 2018

Recently Published Papers and Articles

The Templars and the Shroud by John White
©2018 Atlantis Rising Magazine

There have been many new papers and articles published in the past six months and we are including a number of them here. All have also been permanently archived on the Scientific Papers & Articles page (alphabetically by title) and the Website Library page (alphabetically by author).










Posted June 21, 2018

Recently Released Videos and Audios


Kapes - Shroud of Turin - Hip-Hop Video

Videos and audios (most often in the form of talk radio programs and blogs) have become a mainstay of the internet and there are now lots of them available about the Shroud. In fact, I did quite a few of them myself this year and have included links to some of them below. Of course, many are worthwhile, but some videos are filled with mistakes, half-truths or are totally false (and sometimes, completely ridiculous)! I have even written editorials strongly urging our viewers not to use videos (or television documentaries) as a basis for their study of the Shroud as they rarely get it right. In spite of all that, I am always looking for interesting videos and audios that have merit that I can include here and this time I believe we have a good selection:







Posted June 21, 2018

Recently Published Books

Recently Published Books

Several new Shroud related books have been published in recent months. We are listing them here but have also permanently archived them on the Shroud of Turin Booklist page (alphabetically by author). To make it easy to find the new additions, we have annotated each new listing with "(Added 21 June 2018)" so simply search for that phrase on the Booklist page.


Le linceul de Turin (The Shroud of Turin) - From Christ's shroud of myth to historical truth by Sébastien Cataldo (French language)

Here is a Google translation of some of the information about the book from the Amazon France website:

"Behind this slightly provocative title lurks a rigorous historical study on the Turin Shroud and its ancient history. Taking as starting point the legend of King Abgar who allegedly received one of the 70 apostles of Jesus the shroud which was printed his holy face, this study takes stock of the various "churches" of the first centuries, and the evolution of this legend in the area of Edessa and Constantinople to the Fourth crusade... The shroud of Jesus in the Shroud of Turin? Christ relics, the theological battles of the early days of the church, to the story of the pilgrims on the fabulous treasures of Constantinople, discover through an exciting and extremely searched text if the Shroud of Turin can be described as the fifth Gospel, that of the Passion!"

Paperback: 653 pages
Publisher: Sébastien Cataldo (12 April 2018)
Language: French
ISBN-13: 979-1094861240
ASIN: B07BYXH97N

What Did Jesus Look Like? by Joan E. Taylor (English)

Interesting book that includes some material on the Shroud, but clearly the author believes the Shroud is not authentic, even offering a brief description of how she thinks it could have been made. Here is an excerpt from the Amazon description:

"Jesus Christ is arguably the most famous man who ever lived. His image adorns countless churches, icons, and paintings. He is the subject of millions of statues, sculptures, devotional objects and works of art. Everyone can conjure an image of Jesus: usually as a handsome, white man with flowing locks and pristine linen robes. But what did Jesus really look like? Is our popular image of Jesus overly westernized and untrue to historical reality? This question continues to fascinate. Leading Christian Origins scholar Joan E. Taylor surveys the historical evidence, and the prevalent image of Jesus in art and culture, to suggest an entirely different vision of this most famous of men."

Print Length: 254 pages
Publisher: T&T Clark; 1 edition (February 8, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 056767150X
ASIN: B0773QBHR6

Jewish Funerary Customs, Practices and Rites in the Second Temple Period (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism) by Rachel Hachlili (English)

This is not actually a new book but one that was originally published in 2004. I am including it here and on our Shroud of Turin Booklist page at the suggestion of our good friend Dr. Joe Bergeron in Indiana, who recommended it highly as being very relevant to Shroud research. Here is an excerpt from the Amazon description:

"Research of burials constitutes one of the main reliable sources of information related to various aspects of funerary practices and rituals, and offers a perception of ancient social life and community organization... Though the funerary rites changed from inhumation in coffins and loculi to secondary burial by collecting bones in ossuaries the artifacts associated with these graves did not modify much and indicate that these were culturally and socially identical people. The study outlines the material preserved in the ancient Jewish cemeteries of the Second Temple period (first century BCE to first century CE) at Jerusalem, Jericho, 'En Gedi, Qumran and some other tomb sites."

Hardcover: 588 pages
Publisher: Brill (November 29, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9004123733
ISBN-13: 978-9004123731
Posted June 21, 2018

The Shroud on the Internet

Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait

Over the past six months a large number of news articles and web pages have featured the Shroud of Turin on the internet. Of course, this is not unusual, particularly during the Lenten season when the Shroud is often a topic of conversation. We have chosen and are including a selection of them here but there are just too many to include them all, so we are sorry if we missed any of your favorites. [Editor's Note: If you know of a website or article that should be included here on Shroud.com, just send us the link and we'll include it in our next update]. In the end, we think you will find many of them interesting. Enjoy!






Posted June 21, 2018

Shroud Scholars Form New Non-profit Organization

Sign From God.org

In April I received an e-mail from noted Shroud writer Myra Adams, informing us that a new non-profit organization named Sign From God Foundation had been recently formed that included Myra as Executive Director, Russ Breault as Senior Adviser, Mark Antonacci as Chief Legal Counsel and David Adams as Secretary. Here is a quote taken from their new website: "The leadership of Sign From God Foundation are dedicated professionals who have spent decades studying, speaking, researching and writing about the Shroud of Turin. Now we have come together dedicated and united in the belief that the Shroud of Turin should be utilized as an evangelization tool to bring a new generation to faith in Jesus Christ." In addition, I asked Myra to write a brief introduction and overview of the organization and it's goals, which she kindly provided:

"Announcing Sign From God, a New Shroud Advocacy Organization: The Sign From God Foundation Inc. and its site, SignFromGod.org is a new 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization promoting the Shroud of Turin... believed by millions to be the actual burial cloth that wrapped Jesus in the tomb, and which is either the greatest hoax ever perpetrated, or it is a deliberate and purposeful sign from God. The mission of "Sign from God" is embodied in its name. If the Shroud is authentic, it exists as a "sign from God" to help people come to faith in Jesus Christ. The Shroud fulfills the New Testament definition of a sign's purpose, which is to inform, warn and convey pertinent information before proceeding, or an indication that action will soon follow..." (Continue reading)

Posted June 21, 2018

News From New Mexico

Pete Schumacher and Bishop Oscar Cantú speak before SEAM's lifesize backlit transparency of the Shroud
©2015 Andy Weiss All Rights Reserved

It's official! Our dear friend Dcn. Pete Schumacher, founder of the non-profit Shoud Exhibit And Museum (SEAM) organization in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and probably best known in Shroud circles as the "VP-8 Image Analyzer Expert," has officially retired from the Board of Directors and as President of the SEAM organization. His position is now being filled by Dcn. Andy Weiss, who has worked with Pete almost from the beginning. Pete's retirement was effective January 1, 2018 but he is still available as an advisor when needed and is still happy to make Shroud presentations when asked. Pete remains active in Shroud work and recently restored a vintage VP-8 Image Analyzer to working condition for a new Shroud museum that will be opening soon in the Smoky Mountains. Of course, knowing Pete as I do, I doubt that he will ever completely retire from the Shroud world, in which he has made such important contributions. Congratulations Pete! Enjoy your "retirement!"

Posted June 21, 2018

Obituaries

Typically, when someone of importance or notoriety in the Shroud world passes away, we publish an in-depth memorial to honor their memory and their contributions to Sindonology. Since our January update, I received word of the passing of several important people that fall into that category. Sadly, so much time has passed since some of their deaths that a full memorial would be somewhat awkward and untimely, so we are simply listing them here with a brief summary of their contributions. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the familes and friends of those who passed.


In Memoriam

     Robert Villarreal (1936-2018)

I am deeply saddened to report that our dear friend and colleague, Robert Villarreal of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away on March 8, 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He is best known in Shroud circles for heading a team of eight colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory that verified and confirmed the observations of Ray Rogers regarding the anomalous nature of the 1988 radiocarbon dating sample. Charles Mader was kind enough to send me his obituary from the Thursday, March 22, 2018 edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. We are including several excerpts here:

"...He became a key participant in the research of the Shroud of Turin. Using his skills in analytical chemistry and research, he became internationally known as a speaker and researcher in the study of the Shroud. One of his greatest achievements was helping to indicate the seeming inconsistency of the carbon dating of the Shroud, with the cloth, when it was determined the sample of the threads tested came from patches sewn into the Shroud after a fire had damaged the cloth. Those samples tested were found to be not from the actual burial cloth."

"A Rosary Vigil was held Thursday, March 15, at 7pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Los Alamos. The funeral was held at IHM on Friday, March 16 at 10am. Interment followed at Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos, followed by a reception luncheon at the IHM Parish Hall."


In Memoriam

     Ed Desloge (1955-2018)

I am saddened to report that our good friend and longtime STERA, Inc. supporter, Ed Desloge of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away suddenly on May 24, 2018. Ed had purchased some of our lifesize photographs some years ago and displayed them at various venues in the St. Louis area. Over the years he was an ardent supporter and patron of Shroud researchers and organizations (including STERA, Inc.) and co-sponsored a number of Shroud events including the very successful 2014 St. Louis Conference. I last spoke with Ed in early May, just before I left for Rome. He wanted to discuss expanding and updating his Shroud exhibit and we planned to speak again after I returned. Sadly, that was not to be. We are grateful to John Schulte who kindly informed us of Ed's untimely passing. In his e-mail, John gave us some insights into Ed's work so we are including an excerpt here:

"I met Ed some years ago when he acquired a full size photo image of the Holy Shroud for display in Holy Angels Church in Kinloch, MO. He also had the image moved to Our Lady of the Snows in IL for an extended display that Mark (Antonacci) helped to put together. Some time after that the Holy Angels Church was closed and the image was moved to the family farm in Chesterfield. The final resting place for the Holy Shroud image is at the Catholic Seminary in Shrewsbury, MO. Many thanks and blessings to Ed." - John Schulte

"Very sad news indeed. His support of the Shroud will be missed. Prayers are with his family and friends." - Russ Breault

Here is a link to Ed's formal obituary: Edward O'Brien Desloge.


In Memoriam

     Prof. Franco Testore

On January 16, 2018 we received word from Paolo Tealdi that Italian textile expert Prof. Franco Testore had passed away on January 14th. Shortly thereafter, we received the same news from Piero Iacazio. Both failed to provide any details, but fortunately, Stephen Jones' Shroud of Turin Blog did provide more information so I am reprinting an excerpt from it here:

"...In January Joe Marino emailed me that he had been informed by Piero Iacazio that Prof. Franco Testore had died on 14 January 2018. The following is my brief obituary of Prof. Testore. Dr Franco A. Testore was a professor at the Polytechnic University of Turin and Director of that university's Textile Department. Testore and Gabriel Vial were the two textile experts invited to observe the cutting of the Shroud sample for radiocarbon dating on 21 April 1988. They were seeing the Shroud for the first time and Testore (not unreasonably although it has been ridiculed by anti-authenticists Sox and Gove), pointed to the bloodstain of the spear wound in the side and asked: "What's that large brown patch?" Turin microanalyst Prof. Giovanni Riggi di Numana (1935-2008) and Testore, selected the area of the Shroud to be cut. Testore then weighed the sample cut from the Shroud, and also the three subsamples cut and distributed to the three radiocarbon dating laboratories: Arizona, Zurich and Oxford."


In Memoriam

     Maria Grazia Siliato (1926-2018)

On March 2, 2018, highly respected Italian archaeologist, historian, researcher and writer, Maria Grazia Siliato, passed away at age 91. She was a delegate for Italy of the C.I.E.L.T. (Centre International d’Etudes sur le Linceul de Turin) of Paris (France), and the author of many noted books, including Masada, Sindone, Caligula and several other books about the Shroud. She was well known for her brilliant presentations at Shroud conferences.

Posted June 21, 2018

Our Next Update

STURP team members unload crates of instruments and move them into the Royal Palace
(Click for larger view)

I usually don't know the exact date for our next website update while I'm still working on the current one, but this time is different. As you know, we are focusing on the STURP team this year, as 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of their historic examination of the Shroud in 1978. With that in mind, the next update will go online on October 8, 2018, forty years to the day after we began our examination of the Shroud in the Royal Palace of Turin. That update will focus mainly on STURP and will include some very important but never-before-available-online materials that Shroud scholars should find very useful. So enjoy this (huge) update, which should keep you busy for quite a while! Have a great summer and we'll see you in the fall.

Barrie Schwortz
President, STERA, Inc.

Posted June 21, 2018


22nd Anniversary Update! January 21, 2018

40 Years Ago!
(l to r) Ray Rogers, John Jackson and Prof. Giovanni Riggi

Today, January 21, 2018, marks our 22nd anniversary on the internet! However, even more important is the fact that this year also marks the 40th anniversary of the first ever in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud of Turin by the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) on October 8-13, 1978. In commemoration of that historic event, we will be celebrating the anniversary year with some special materials in each of our regular updates and culminating with a Special STURP Update on October 8, 2018, 40 years to the day that we began our examination of the Shroud in 1978. This update also brings you nine more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, word of a special youth Shroud exhibition approved by Pope Francis in August 2018, memorials for several departed Shroud scholars and much more. However, we experienced a major computer crash just a few days ago, so many of the materials (books, papers, articles and videos) that I had hoped to include in this update will have to wait until a later update after our computer issues are resolved. Your patience is appreciated.

Here is the Update Table of Contents:


2018 Marks the 40th Anniversary of STURP's Historic 1978 Shroud Examination

STURP team members examine an x-ray of the Shroud in 1978
(l to r) Ray Rogers, Tom D'Muhala, Robert Dinegar & Fr. Francis Filas
(Click for larger view)

It is hard for me to believe that 40 years have gone by since our team was given the unprecedented privilege to perform an in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud of Turin in 1978. Of course, it also brings with it the sadness of knowing that so many of our team members have passed away in the ensuing years. In fact, ten years ago, to celebrate our 30th anniversary, I created a special tribute video that was shown at the 2008 Columbus, Ohio Shroud Conference. Even sadder, since I produced that video, several more team members have passed, so their names are not included in the memorial at the end of the tribute. Those not included are Vernon Miller, Don Devan and Bill Mottern. I thought a good way to start this 40th anniversary year would be to re-release the video and share it with our current viewers. Here is the link to A Tribute to the STURP Team - 1978-2008, which runs just under 15 minutes. Watch for more important STURP information in every future update this year.

Posted January 21, 2018

Special Shroud Exhibition Approved by Pope Francis

Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia illustrates the program together with don Roberto Gottardo (center),
President of the Diocesan Commission for the Shroud, and Fr. Luca Ramello, head of Youth Ministry.
Click above photo for link to original news article (in Italian)

On November 21, 2017, it was announced that Pope Francis approved the suggestion by Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia, the Archbishop of Turin, to allow a special exhibition of the Shroud exclusively for the pilgrimage of young people in August 2018. On August 9 and 10, young people from the 17 dioceses of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta will arrive in Turin. In the afternoon and evening of the 10th they will have the opportunity to visit the Shroud and then continue on to Rome. The exhibition will not be open to the general public. For more details, read the article (in Italian) at the above link. You can use an online translation service to translate the page into your native language.

Posted January 21, 2018

In Memoriam

    Diana Andry Fulbright

It is with the deepest sadness that I must report the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Diana Andry Fulbright, 75, on November 24, 2017, peacefully in her sleep at her home near Richmond, Virginia. Our sincerest thanks to Bryan Walsh for informing us the next morning. Diana was a Founding Board Member of STERA, Inc., did all the research necessary for us to start a non-profit and actually helped me form our organization in 2009. Since then, I have relied on her good judgment and valuable input on a regular basis. She was my resident Biblical expert and advised me whenever I had questions about either Old or New Testament issues, all of which were far from my own areas of expertise. More than that however, she was a dear friend and supporter of our work. Her passing leaves a void that will not be easily filled and she will be sorely missed by all that knew her. Here is a link to her Official Obituary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Our sincerest condolences to Diana's family, friends and colleagues for their loss. Rest in peace dear friend.

Barrie Schwortz

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At the news of Diana's passing, we received an outpouring of comments and condolences from many noted Shroud scholars and researchers around the world who knew Diana and wanted to share their stories and comments with us. There were so many that we have compiled them all into a separate document which we are including here: Diana Fulbright Memorial.



In Memoriam

    Dr. Alan D. Whanger

I must also sadly report the passing of long time Shroud scholar and researcher Dr. Alan D. Whanger, 87, of Durham, North Carolina, at the Duke University Medical Center on October 21, 2017, after a brief illness. He is survived by Mary Whanger, his wife of 63 years and a noted Shroud scholar in her own right. He was best known for applying a polarized light overlay technique to compare the Shroud image to images on ancient artworks and coins. He was a true gentleman and held his colleagues in high regard, even when they disagreed with some of his more controversial conclusions. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Here is a link to his Official Obituary. Rest in peace my friend.

Barrie Schwortz

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"As a surviving member of the "Turin Shroud Crowd" of the same generation as Alan Whanger I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him over a period of nearly forty years. I visited Alan's home in Durham on a number of occasions where we discussed and studied his Shroud related research in his impressive basement studio filled with Shroud materials. On one occasion when I was in Jerusalem with the ESSJ expedition Alan tracked me down and asked me to conduct botanical experiments on his behalf with flowers in a tomb complex. I also sourced for him the mighty botanical encyclopaedia of the Middle East. Alan was always a popular personality at the many international Shroud conferences we attended and addressed over the years in many different countries. I always thought of Alan as a Boy Scout as he carried in his breast pocket every conceivable item for emergency use such as a flashlight, laser pointer, tweezers, cutters and numerous writing instruments. On one occasion in France the power went off in the middle of an important address and quick as a flash Alan was on the stage beside the speaker illuminating the notes with his boy scout torch. Some of Alan's work was subject to criticism from the cynics but he made an enormous contribution to Shroud studies so ably assisted by his wife Mary. His work with photographic overlays which he invented contributed considerably to some of my own research on portraits of Christ. Amongst other important collaborations were his work with Scheurrnan, Filas, Danin, Moroni and ASSIST to mention a few. Alan was of the generation of researchers now difficult to replace. My condolences are expressed to Mary and Alan's family as we give thanks for a full life the influence of which has affected a large number of people."

Rex Morgan
Australia

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"A long friendship linked me to Alan Whanger. His enthusiasm and his generosity in financing new research on the Shroud are known to all. He also cultivated a sincere friendship with those who, like me, did not share all his conclusions. His disappearance is a great loss for Sindonology. He will follow us from heaven!"

Emanuela Marinelli
Italy

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Phil Dayvault was a long time friend and colleague of Alan's and he wrote an extensive obituary for his friend. As it is several pages long, I have included it as a separate document at this link: Alan Whanger - Scholar, Friend, Teacher

Phil Dayvault
Raleigh, North Carolina

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Alan Whanger was my mentor, friend and inspiration to pursue my doctoral degree with his educational, emotional and spiritual support. Thank you!

Michelina M. Le Margie

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In Memoriam

    Remi G. Dubuque

Finally, I must sadly report the passing of my good friend, noted educator, lecturer and Shroud scholar, Remi G. Dubuque, 82, of Southington, Connecticut, on December 14, 2017. Our thanks to Remi's friend, Daniel Valente, for kindly letting us know of Remi's passing. An ardent student of the Shroud for many years, Remi and I became good friends by telephone and e-mail although we never met in person. His name may not be as well known as some other Shroud scholars, but his influence on those who knew him or heard his lectures was very moving and powerful. Here is a link to his Official Obituary in the Hartford Courant. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Rest in peace Remi.

Barrie Schwortz

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"God's peace and blessings be with you and yours. Remi Dubuque and I were good friends for many years. Remi passed away last Thursday. He was a dear friend and mentor who had given me almost his entire library of Shroud books. What a help those are! He spoke very highly and affectionately of you. Remi loved sharing new information about the Shroud. Not only did he open my eyes to the Shroud's authenticity, he emulated what it means to be a true disciple of the man on the Shroud. Tomorrow I will serve at his funeral Mass. He was a great supporter of my studies for the priesthood and pursuing religious life. My prayers will be for him, for his lovely wife Mary, and all of us who were blessed to call Remi our friend. Peace and prayers..."

Daniel Valente
Postulant, Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles (M.S.A.)
Cromwell, Connecticut
Posted January 21, 2018

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. during our recent fundraising campaign. Your generosity, friendship and continued support are truly needed and deeply appreciated!

STERA, Inc. held their second 2017 Board of Directors meeting on Sunday, December 17, 2017 via conference call. Due to the holiday season, the meeting was limited to just one important topic. Because of the sudden and unexpected passing of our fellow Board member, Diana Fulbright, the Board had to approve someone as her replacement. I proposed Kelly Kearse as an excellent candidate for this position, as he has a superb background in science, particularly in blood and DNA analyses, and is also a thoughtful and careful researcher whose work has appeared on this website numerous times. I am pleased to announce that the Board approved his selection unanimously and Kelly is now the newest member of the STERA, Inc. Board of Directors. Congratulations Kelly! We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.

Barrie Schwortz
President, STERA, Inc.
Posted January 21, 2018

Nine More Issues Added to Rex Morgan's Shroud News Archive

Shroud News

With this update we add nine more issues to Rex Morgan's Shroud News archive, which will total 118 issues when complete. This update includes Issue #85, October 1994 through Issue #93, February 1996 with articles by such notables as Orazio Petrosillo, Harry Gove, Revd Albert R. Dreisbach, Jr., John Schulte, Remi Van Haelst, Michael Minor, Dmitri Kouznetsov, Prof. Daniel Scavone, Denis Mannix, Fr Charles Foley and many more. Our sincerest thanks as always to Stephen Jones for his extraordinary effort in scanning and optical character recognition of every page, Ian Wilson for providing the original issues and valuable input and of course, to Rex Morgan for his gracious permission to reprint them here on Shroud.com.

Posted January 21, 2018

BSTS Newsletter Has New Editor and New Website

Link to New BSTS Newsletter Website and Online Forum

As we reported in our October 2017 update, long time British Society for the Turin Shroud (BSTS) member David Rolfe has taken the reins as the new editor of the BSTS Newsletter. David's intention, subject to maintaining subscription levels, is to continue with the printed edition of the Newsletter, which will remain available to its subscribers who will also have access to a new BSTS online forum. This will feature comments from subscribers who may wish to take up any particular issue with the Newsletters's authors, contributors and reviewers. Each new edition will continue to be archived here on Shroud.com at some point in the future so that the whole collection of issues going back nearly 35 years can be readily searched online via our British Society for the Turin Shroud page. You can take out or renew your subscription at this link: www.bstsnewsletter.com. New subscribers joining from January 1st to February 28th 2018 will receive the December issue free of charge.

The first edition includes, among other things, the first published fruits of Ian Wilson's extended research into the de Charney family and the first expositions in Lirey. He believes it will lead to some revisions to some long established assumptions. There is also a review by Hugh Farey of the new comprehensive publication from John Jackson, a new article from Paolo di Lazzaro and also an article from Arif Khan, who has curated the Ahmadiyya Community's Shroud exhibition and conference in the UK for the last three years and brings an Islamic perspective to the subject. The BSTS has a proud history and we hope as many of you as possible will continue to support it.

UPDATE: Due to our computer crash before the January 21st update, I inadvertantly failed to include the following information: David Rolfe is giving our viewers a special opportunity to view the current issue for free by using this generic password: 99896. This will remain available until the June issue is published, so take this opportunity to check out David's first issue as Editor. Definitely worth a subscription!

Posted January 21, 2018
Updated January 24, 2018

Shroud Exhibit Coming to Ohio

Shroud Exhibit Coming to Ohio
(Click to see larger version)

Our good friend, Shroud scholar and lecturer David Onysko, has organized an event titled The Shroud of Turin: A Face to Face Encounter with Jesus?, which will include the traveling "Man of the Shroud Exhibit" (not the exhibit with the same name that tours Canada annually) and will take place at two different venues in Ohio in March 2018. The first event takes place on Wednesday, March 7 through Friday, March 9, 2018 at St. Ignatius Breen Center, 2008 W. 30th St., Cleveland, OH 44113. The second event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 through Friday, March 16, 2018 at Grace C&MA Church, 7393 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130. David will make a presentation on the closing day of each exhibit for which there will be a $10.00 charge, but all proceeds will go to several charities. Click on the above image to see a larger version of the poster with additional details.

Posted January 21, 2018

Recently Published Books

Recently Published Books

Due to the crash of our main computer last week, I do not have access to the new books that I had planned to include in this update. Of course, we will include them all in our next update. However, word of one new book came in after our data loss and coincidentally (and appropriately timed for the 40th anniversary of the STURP team examination), it is the latest book by fellow STURP team member, Ken Stevenson. The paperback is scheduled to be released and available from Amazon on April 3, 2018, but copies can be ordered directly from the author right now by writing to him directly at 787 E. Bell Road, Waco, Texas 76705. Total cost is $20.00, which includes shipping and handling. Here are the details:

NAZAH: White Linen and the Blood of Sprinkling by Ken Stevenson. Here is the description of the book from the Amazon website:

"As an original team member of STURP (The Shroud of Turin Research Project, Inc.) who were given the rare opportunity to intricately examine and test the shroud, Dr. Kenneth Stevenson brings forth his fourth treatise on the subject with intriguing new perspective. NAZAH offers an outlook on the Shroud of Turin that looks at both the vast amount of clear, scientific research and evidence, and the heart of the Holy Scriptures. Joined with historical fact, prophetic confirmation, Judaic burial customs and personal reflection, the mystery of the shroud of a crucified Jewish man, whose image was left to be seen, is now brought forth to inspire and challenge a new generation of truth seekers. With additional discussions of the relic's historical and spiritual significance, NAZAH will touch the hearts of not only those of Jewish faith, but the hearts of people of all faiths who seek deeper meaning as to what the Shroud of Turin means to today's generation."

Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Morgan James Faith (April 3, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1683506073
ISBN-13: 978-1683506072
Posted January 21, 2018

Portrait of Mary Based on the Shroud

Portrait of Mary Based on the Shroud
© 2016 Dean Packwood, New Zealand
(Click to see larger version)

In the last half of the 20th century, the best known artistic interpretation of Jesus based on the Shroud image was the famous 1935 painting by Ariel Agemian. This has changed over the past few decades because of the dramatic advances in digital imaging technologies and computer power. One of the best examples of this was the 2010 computer artistry of Ray Downing, whose digital re-creation of Jesus based on the Shroud was documented in "The Real Face of Jesus" program that appeared on the History Channel. In the past few years, digital artists around the world have been able to render their own interpretations of how Jesus may have appeared based on the Shroud and these show up from time to time on the internet. However, throughout all those years, not one artist has attempted to create an interpretation of what Mary, Mother of Jesus looked like based on the Shroud image. Until now, that is.

In July of 2017 my good friends Bill and Belenna Lauto directed me to the website of digital artist Dean Packwood in Taupo, New Zealand and shared his beautiful, photorealistic rendition of Mary, Mother of Jesus with me. Dean chose the Shroud of Turin image as the structural basis for his truly beautiful, completely digital artwork and I wanted to share it with you. So I sent Dean a request for permission to include his painting here on our website and he graciously agreed to share it with us. What is most exciting to watch is the time-lapse video (3:21) found on Dean's website (and on YouTube) where you can watch the amazing creation of the image, beginning with a photograph of the Shroud and ending with the Portrait of Mary! (Check it out). Thank you Dean!

Posted January 21, 2018

1,426,253 Visits in 2017!

1,426,253 Visits in 2017! (Click to see details)

2017 was a banner year for Shroud.com web traffic, surpassing our 2016 total by more than half a million visits and setting a record high for visits in a year when the Shroud was NOT on public display! Of course, when the Shroud is on public display it garners considerable media attention, which drives lots of extra traffic to our site. In 2017 we averaged more than 3900 visitors per day or around 119,000 visitors per month. Our visitors generated over 21 million hits, viewed nearly 13 million files and 3.8 million pages and generated over 895 GB of bandwidth! You can see the details for yourself by clicking on the above graphic. We thank you, our loyal viewers, for your continued participation and support!

Posted January 21, 2018

2018 Lecture Schedule

Speaking to grades 1-5 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - April 25, 2014
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I am again including my upcoming 2018 lecture schedule in case I happen to be in your area. If so, please drop by and say hello. Also, please understand that as of this writing, the schedule is by no means complete. There are still several additonal lectures being considered so the schedule will inevitably grow. Also, many of the times and venues are still not finalized and subject to change. I will do my best to update them prior to the events.

Posted January 21, 2018
Updated September 3, 2018

Last Minute Items

As I mentioned elsewhere in this update, we suffered a complete computer crash on January 12th and I have been struggling to complete this update on an eight year old laptop. Fortunately, I was completely backed up prior to the crash so we didn't lose any data. However, until the main computer is up and running again, I do not have access to the backed up files and that limited what I could include in this update. Of course, we will include those items in our next regular update. In the last 24 hours before the update went online, I received several important items that I felt shoud be included so I am listing them here.


Papers from the Pasco, Washington Shroud Conference

Bob Rucker, organizer of the event, reports that many of the conference papers are now available through his website at this link: http://www.shroudresearch.net/conference-2017.html. Of course, those papers will also be linked from our Pasco Conference page in a future update.


Internal Revenue Service To Hold Auction of a Master Video Copy of the Silent Witness Film

Last year I was contacted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) here in the U.S. regarding an item they intended to auction that was obtained through probate proceedings. That item was a master film-to-tape transfer on one inch videotape (an obsolete professional format) of David Rolfe's "Silent Witness" film that had been authorized by the film's American distributor, Independent International Films, on October 27, 1978. Due to the subject matter, the IRS asked if I could include a notice of the auction here on Shroud.com and I agreed. They provided us with two pdf files and I am including them here in case you are interested: IRS Notice of Public Auction (which includes photographs of the tape master) and an IRS Mail In Bid Form in case you wish to bid on the item. Please note that purchasing this item DOES NOT INCLUDE the copyright or any rights to distribute the film and would require a one inch video player/recorder to view it.

Posted January 21, 2018

Our Next Update

I don't have an exact date for the next update, but I do know it will occur sometime in the Spring. Due to our recent unfortunate computer crash, there is a large backlog of material I couldn't include today, so you can expect to see it next time. My travel and lecture schedule through the Lenten season is rather extensive this year, but I will get to the next update as soon as time permits. I do know for sure that it will include more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, the latest papers, books, articles and videos and of course, any breaking Shroud news. To be sure you don't miss any important Shroud information as it occurs, check our STERA, Inc. Facebook page from time to time, since we now try and update it every week or so to keep you informed between our regular quarterly website updates. You can also join our Website Mailing List and receive an e-mail whenever the site is updated (3 or 4 times per year) or any important Shroud news breaks. We hope you find this update interesting and useful and look forward to seeing you in the Spring! Thank you all again for being there! It is deeply appreciated.

Barrie Schwortz
President, STERA, Inc.

Posted January 21, 2018

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