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Updated June 21, 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


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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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 March 28, 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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