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Updated June 8, 2017





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


Summer Update! June 8, 2017

Commemorative Medal of the
Polish Theological Society
Polskie Towarzystwo Teologiczne (PTT)

The last few months have been exceptionally busy ones. I was traveling and lecturing throughout much of the Lenten season and had the misfortune to pick up a bug along the way, which put me in bed for two weeks and forced me, for the first time ever, to cancel one of my lectures (in Ottawa, Canada). Fortunately, my good friend John Iannone graciously took my place at the last minute. Of course, the Lenten season is also our busiest time of year and consequently, the backlog of materials that have accumulated since our last update in January is immense! Today's additions include the Program for the upcoming International Conference on the Shroud in Washington State, ten more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, a Memorial for three departed Shroud scholars, a Special International Feature on the Polish Theological Society and their Syndonology Section, news about the upcoming 2017 Jalsa Salana Convention in England and a new addition to our Speakers Directory, along with links to many new books, articles, papers, videos and much more. There should be enough here to keep you busy reading until our Fall update! Shall we begin?

Here is the Update Table of Contents:


In Memoriam

     Gina Phillips Moran Glick (1931-2017)

It is with deep sadness that I must report the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Gina Phillips Moran Glick, M.D. on February 23, 2017 in Coppell, Texas, after a long illness. For those of you new to Shroud research, you might not know that Gina was an anesthesiologist with a strong interest in the medical and forensic science aspects of the Shroud and is the sister of noted Shroud scholar and optical engineer, Kevin Moran. Over the years Gina attended many Shroud conferences and was an active participant in the online Shroud Science Group. A memorial service was held at Christus St Joseph Village on April 7, 2017 and the Catholic Rite of Christian Burial was held the next day at Christus St. Joseph Village chapel. Interment was at Saints Peter Paul Catholic cemetery in Cumberland, Maryland. Here is a link to an article in the Cumberland Times News titled "Dr. Gina's Story" kindly provided by her brother, Kevin. Our sincerest condolences to Gina's family, friends and colleagues for their loss.


In Memoriam

     Lennox Manton

It is again with deep sadness that I must report the recent passing of noted British Shroud scholar Lennox Manton on February 14, 2017. Lennox was a long time member of the British Society for the Turin Shroud and contributed many articles and monographs to the publication. Since I never knew Lennox personally, I am grateful to Emanuela Marinelli for providing us with a link to her Collegamento pro Sindone website News Page and Ian Wilson's fitting memorial titled, A tribute in honour of his longstanding services to the British Society for the Turin Shroud. We are reprinting it here as well. Our sincerest condolences to Lennox's family, friends and colleagues for their loss.

"Amongst Lennox's many interests was the Turin Shroud, the so controversial cloth that allegedly wrapped Jesus' dead body after his crucifixion. Lennox joined the British Society for the Turin Shroud not long after its foundation in the late 1970s, at a time when media interest in the topic was particularly intense. Thereafter he was a regular attendee whenever the Society hosted lectures in London, in later years making special train journeys from Stirling for this purpose. Lennox also pursued his own original researches into the subject, alongside furthering one of his other research passions, the travels of St. Paul. Both of these lines of research took him to Turkey, where in the case of the Shroud he pioneered exploration of the rock-cut churches of Cappadocia, very ably photographing - amongst much else - their often badly damaged but Shroud-inspired depictions of the Christ Pantocrator, also hitherto little-known depictions of the Image of Edessa, the Eastern Orthodox Church's fabled 'lost' cloth imprinted with Christ's image, controversially identified with the Shroud.

"In April 1994 Lennox gave a very memorable illustrated lecture on these researches to a well-attended meeting of the British Society for the Turin Shroud held at the New Cavendish Club in London. Later the same year his monograph of the same findings was published from Australia by Australian promoter of Shroud studies Rex Morgan, MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). Although my wife Judith and I emigrated to Australia the following year (quite independently of the Rex Morgan connection!), Lennox regularly kept in touch with us throughout the two decades since. Only in the most recent years did what had been emails from him lapse back to conventional postal communications, at which point Lennox graphically described his and Ruth's herculean efforts trying to stay as independent as possible despite their nonagenarian vintage!

"Lennox was blessed with a diversity and universality of interests, amongst these the medical science that was necessary for his dental profession and the art and history knowledge that was necessary for his Capadocian rock paintings studies, a universality that is sadly becoming all too rare in today's so specialist and so communications-obsessed twenty-first century world. When carbon dating tests carried out on the Turin Shroud in 1988 were widely broadcast as 'proving' the cloth to be a medieval fake Lennox, unlike so many others, most admirably held steadfast to his own longstanding 'authentic' opinion, for me personally a most valued source of support and reassurance at a very difficult time. Throughout the decades that I have known Lennox I have felt privileged by his friendship. He invariably presented as a paragon of integrity, wide knowledge, quiet faith, gentle humour and sound sense. He richly deserved the long and full life that he enjoyed. Even though I mourn the death of yet another old friend, I can only feel grateful to have known him, and to have learned that he died with dignity and peace on the 14th of February 2017. (Ian Wilson – February 24, 2017)"


In Memoriam

     Mario Moroni

We must also sadly report that Mario Moroni, highly respected Italian Shroud scholar and author passed away on April 2, 2017 at the age of 84. Again, our thanks to Emanuela Marinelli and her Collegamento pro Sindone website for letting us know and publishing the below obituary. Again, our sincerest condolences to Mario's family, friends and colleagues.

"A great Shroud scholar has gone back to the Father's House. Mario Moroni passed away yesterday at 84 years of age and he was one of the great Shroud scholars. He was a scholar, but also a great person. The books he used to prepare the "lessons" he held in front of the students of the schools in Brianza have remained on his desk. He lived in Robbiate, where also were the headquarters of the group of scholars who, together with him, had deepened the studies on the Sacred Cloth.Synopsized in the 22 panels of the traveling exhibit with which he illustrated the detailed studies, such as the simulation of the 1532 Chambéry fire, and the results obtained. His interest towards the Shroud dated back to the 1978 Exhibition. Besides the specialized library, with 500 books, he had hundreds of publications and dozens of folders with the results of the experiments carried out in 35 years. He also wrote books. The last one, "Lungo le strade della Sindone", was written in collaboration with Francesco Barbesino. (www.merateonline.it/ - April 3, 2017)"

Posted June 8, 2017

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 #67, October 1991 through Issue #76, April 1993 with articles by such notable Shroud scholars as Isabel Piczek, Father Peter Rinaldi, Revd. Albert (Kim) R. Dreisbach, Orazio Petrosillo and Emanuela Marinelli, Brother Bruno Bonnet-Eymard, Robert Halisey, Remi Van Haelst, Dr. Michael Clift, William Griffin, Prof. Alan Whanger and Mary Whanger, Revd. Charles Foley, Mary Warner, Ian Dickinson, Bro. Michael Buttigieg, FSC, and many more. Also included are two issues memorializing the passing of Group Captain Lord Cheshire and Father Peter Rinaldi. 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 8, 2017

Shroud Speakers Directory Updated

Cheryl H. White, Ph.D.

We are pleased to announce that our Shroud Speakers Directory page has been updated with a new listing for Shroud scholar Cheryl H. White, Ph.D. , who is now available to speak to your group or organization. Cheryl is an academic historian of medieval and early modern Europe, and holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Louisiana State University system, where she has taught for over twenty years. She has published in the field of sixteenth century studies, church history, and has a long-standing interest in the Shroud of Turin as both a historical artifact of great interest to secular scholars but also as a holy relic of Christianity. She brings her expertise as a lecturer to systematically explore the consensus of current scholarship on the Shroud for broad-based audiences. Welcome to our directory Cheryl!

Posted June 8, 2017

International Conference on the Shroud of Turin, Washington State, July 2017
(Conference Program Now Available)

The TRAC Center in Pasco, Washington

This will be our last website update before this conference takes place at the TRAC Center in Pasco, Washington State, USA on July 19-22, 2017. Click on the above photograph to visit the newly updated conference website where you can find more details, register for the event, learn about travel, hotels and accommodations, view a video from the conference organizers and much more. Conference organizer Robert Rucker was kind enough to provide us with a copy of the CONFERENCE PROGRAM (as of May 21, 2017) which we are making available to you here. Note that the conference organizers have decided to permanently archive the papers here on Shroud.com, so we will be creating a dedicated page for the event (as we did with the 2014 St. Louis Conference), which will become available in a future website update. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the conference myself, so STERA, Inc. Board Member Russ Breault, who is making several presentations at the event, will cover it for Shroud.com. We look forward to including his article and photographs in our next website update.

Posted June 8, 2017

The 51st Annual Jalsa Salana Convention - July 28-30, 2017

The 51st Annual Jalsa Salana - July 28-30, 2017
Photo © 2015 Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

On July 28-30, 2017, I will once again be attending and speaking at the 51st Annual Jalsa Salana Convention sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Hampshire near Guildford in England. For the last two years, The Review of Religions, the highly respected 115 year old publication of the Ahmadiyya Community, sponsored a large marquee (tent) at the convention that featured Pam Moon's Shroud of Turin Exhibition (which she regularly displays around the U.K.), alongside a beautiful exhibit of ancient Qurans from the extraordinary collection of Quranic scholar Razwan Baig. Shroud scholars that attended the last two conventions included David Rolfe, Hugh Farey, Simon Brown and Pam Moon's wonderful exhibition volunteers, Brenda and Stuart Benton and Luigi Antoniaz. And this year's event will be even bigger! It will include an expansion of Pam's exhibition to feature not only the Shroud, but also a lifesize image and information about the Sudarium of Oviedo. Guest speakers this year will include Prof. Bruno Barberis, Past-President of the International Center for the Study of the Shroud in Turin, Italy, along with historian, linguist and noted Sudarium expert Dr. Mark Guscin from Spain and award-winning film producer and Shroud scholar David Rolfe from England. I am very pleased to see the Shroud not only becoming a regular part of the Jalsa Salana Convention and receiving a warm and gracious welcome from the entire Ahmadiyya Community, but also seeing the interest and participation of some of the world's top Shroud scholars, which is very encouraging. I look forward to spending some time together with these good friends and will report on the event in a later update. It should be a good one! You can also get more information from the Jalsa Salana UK Website. In the meantime, you can read the articles I wrote about my participation in the last two Jalsas at the following links:

Posted June 8, 2017

Special Feature: The Polish Theological Society and their Syndonology Section

The Polish Theological Society

Just a few days before our anniversary update went online on January 21st, I received the following gracious letter from Milosz Grygierczyk, the Deputy Head of the Syndonology Section of the Polish Theological Society in Krakow, Poland:

Dear Sirs,

I am addressing you under the authority of the President of the Polish Theological Society, Father Professor Kazimierz Panus. I am the new Deputy Head of the Syndonology Section of the above-mentioned Society. We have been greatly impressed by the personality of Mr. Schwortz as well as the Shroud of Turin website, undoubtedly the most comprehensive and up-to-date website taking up the subject of the Shroud of Turin and its research. Therefore, our Section would be happy to establish permanent contacts between us, in order to be able to exchange information, views, as well as reports on the current studies on the Shroud. Should that proposal be of any interest to you, we will looking forward to your reply.

We are ready to share with you the results of conferences as well as academic research and articles on the Shroud that are currently being carried on in Poland, both by our Society as well as by other institutions. I understand that, so far there have been no regular contacts between us. We would be happy to change the present state of play…

Sincerely yours,
Milosz Grygierczyk


Needless to say, I was very pleased to hear from Milosz and learn about his organization and promptly responded with the following reply:

Dear Milosz,

Thank you so much for writing and I am very happy to learn about the Polish Theological Society! Please send my warmest regards to Father Panus as well.

I am very pleased to establish a permanent relationship with your Society and help promote and further the work you are doing in Poland via our website. I know that we have many website visitors from Poland. You may not be aware of it, but I have special place in my heart for Poland, as both my mother and father were born there! In fact, in 2011, I lectured extensively across Poland (in Warsaw, Poznan, Lodz, Czestochowa and Krakow) and returned in 2012 to speak in Gdansk, Warsaw and Wisznice (the village where my mother was born). You can read the article I wrote about it at this link: Lectures in Spain, Italy and Poland - April 2011 (starting on page 7).

We typically publish major updates to our website around four times each year, with smaller updates in between if important Shroud news breaks. Our next major update goes online this coming Saturday, 21 January 2017 and marks our 21st anniversary on the internet. Consequently, I am in the final stages of the update and it is too late for me to add anything to it at this point in time. However, we should plan to do an introductory feature on your organization for our Spring update, probably sometime in May. And we are happy to publish the information in both English and Polish, since I am sure you can provide both.

I thank you again for taking the time to contact me and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship between the Polish Theological Society and STERA, Inc.

Warmest regards,
Barrie Schwortz
President, STERA, Inc.


Since we first corresponded, Milosz has sent me a wealth of additional information about the Syndonology Section and the Polish Theological Society, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2014. We thought it was important and wanted to share it with you here. Regarding the Syndonology Section he writes, "...we are in the process of a 're-birth' and have been re-organizing the Section. Its work has been slowed down in recent years due to its Head Priest Chmiel's serious illness and death last year. Our new Head Priest Piotr Listopad (the Polish Navy chaplain), took over the Section last year and I likewise joined last year. By working together with our old and new registered members as well as followers, and, of course, under the auspices of Father Kazimierz Panus - Head of the Polish Theological Society - we have been doing our best to give a new lease of life to the Section. I am the contact person for anyone wishing to contact the Syndonology Section and we have created a new e-mail address for that purpose: syndologia@ptt.net.pl." Here are links to more information about the Society:

Posted June 8, 2017

The 'Broken' Strand
A Review of the Recent History Channel Documentary

The 'Broken' Strand

On Easter Sunday the History Channel aired a new program titled, "The Jesus Strand: A Search for DNA," although a better title might have been, "The 'Broken' Strand." The program's promotional materials implied that new testing was done on the Shroud of Turin to extract possible DNA from the cloth. In fact, here is a direct quote: "In Turin, Italy, they were allowed to do tests on the Shroud of Turin, recorded in the Bible as the burial shroud that wrapped Jesus. 'The Vatican has only allowed two tests of it,' Basile said. 'They allowed us access to their testing, and we did some tests ourselves.'" Yet the program itself was very obscure about the source of their data or where the samples came from. That prompted me to write directly to the Turin authorities to ask if any such new testing had been permitted. Their reply was immediate and explicit: "No permission for a direct test has been given to anybody by the Vatican and there is no knowledge of any blood test made on "official" samples."

So what samples were used in the making of the program? After watching it a second time and paying close attention, I realized that the samples used were from the dusts aspirated (vacuumed) from between the Shroud and the Holland Cloth by Prof. Giovanni Riggi in 1978. The problem with those dust samples is that no provenance can be determined for whatever particles might be found in them. There is no way to be certain what was found came from the Shroud or the Holland cloth or somewhere else. In fact, the Turin authorities declared years ago that they would not recognize any scientific research or accept any scientific conclusions based solely on those samples for that very same reason. Consequently, any claims made in this program are not truly supported by any credible scientific evidence. We have no idea if the DNA they tested was from actual Shroud blood or from any of the thousands of people who have handled it over the centuries (including me).

The only bright spot in the program was the interview with Dr. Mark Guscin regarding the Sudarium of Oviedo. Mark is an expert on that topic and has written extensively on it over the years. You can find his work via the Website Search Engine here on www.shroud.com. Sadly, most of the program featured rather forced overacting by the two hosts and their so-called conclusions were obviously overdramatized and drawn out for entertainment purposes. In the end, those conclusions are not supported by any credible science. This is why I have written multiple editorials warning people not to use TV "documentaries" as a basis for their study of the Shroud. This program is a perfect example of why I made that statement. Once again, another disappointing effort from the History Channel (where apparently, actual history… is history)! - Barrie Schwortz

Posted June 8, 2017

NEW! Dorsal Backlit Transparency in PhotoGlow® Frame Now Available

Dorsal Backlit Transparency in PhotoGlow® Frame

For more than ten years we have made available beautiful Shroud transparencies in backlit PhotoGlow® Frames. One of the main reasons for their popularity is that backlit images have a 400% greater dynamic range vs. a normal photographic print viewed with reflected light and consequently, allow the viewer to see dramatically more depth and detail in the image. We started by offering just a Small Shroud Face but soon added a larger Lifesize Face and a separate Shroud Ventral image. Over the years, many people also requested that we offer a Dorsal view to match the Ventral one. We have listened to our viewers and are very happy to announce that a NEW DORSAL VIEW IS NOW AVAILABLE on the Website Store page that is designed to match the Ventral in both size and image quality. However, since the backlight technology has evolved over the years (from fluorescent bulbs to LED's) and the transparencies are now made digitally rather than photographically, it is possible that the density and color of the new Dorsal view may not perfectly match the density and color of the earlier Ventral versions. If you find that is the case, you can simply adjust the individual backlight brightness controls to obtain a matching result. Please understand that because of these variables, we cannot guarantee a perfect match. Also, we are still offering a major discount on the Small Shroud Face while supplies last. See the Website Store page for details and larger photos.

Posted June 8, 2017

Recently Published Books

Light From The Sepulchre
by Emanuela Marinelli and Marco Fasol
Michela Marinelli (Translator), Agostino Vallini (Foreword)

Light From The Sepulchre is the latest contribution by Emanuela Marinelli and Marco Fasol - Michela Marinelli (Translator), Card. Agostino Vallini (Foreword) and the only book in today's update . Here is a brief description from the Amazon website:

"Is the Shroud indeed the burial cloth of Jesus, or is it a medieval fake? Do the Gospels narrate real events or are they mere legends? The answer to these questions is not secondary since it involves deeply our lives. Certainly, the Shroud is the most studied archaeological find in the world, and the Gospels constitute the only key to its interpretation. This link between Shroud and Gospels, therefore, suggested to the Authors to combine the latest scientific research on the Shroud to an investigation equally scientific and documented on the reliability of the Gospels..."

We are listing the book 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 additions, we have annotated each new listing with "(Added 8 June 2017)" so simply search for that phrase on the Booklist page.

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Gondolin Press (April 10, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1945658037
ISBN-13: 978-1945658037

Posted June 8, 2017

Recently Published Papers and Articles

Use of Digital Image Processing in the Analysis of the Shroud of Turin
by Donald J. Lynn
Image © 1976 Jean Lorre

We usually begin this section with the most recent paper published and work our way down the list from there. However, in this update we are doing just the opposite and starting with a rare, previously unpublished 1995 article by STURP imaging expert Donald J. Lynn of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (thanks to our dear friend Paul Maloney). Don had written the article specifically to be included in a multi-volume Shroud reference book Paul was writing and compiling but which, for a variety of reasons, has never yet been published. Fortunately, the topic of image processing recently came up on the online Shroud Science Group and prompted Paul to find a printout of the article. He scanned it and sent it to us and we converted it to a text readable pdf file and are proudly publishing it here for the first time. We have also added three additional important legacy papers, the first by Dr. August Accetta that was originally presented at the 3rd International Dallas Conference on the Shroud of Turin in 2005 and which deals specifically with radiation and the head image of the Shroud. The second is a 2012 paper by Dr. Niels Svennson and Dr. Thibault Heimburger and deals with the bloodstains on the Shroud. The third is a 2012 article by Kelly Kearse from Dan Porter's Shroud of Turin Blog that discusses cloning and the Shroud. Also included, as always, are links to many other papers and articles that were published more recently. 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 8, 2017

Recently Released Videos and Audios

The Case for Jesus: Science and the Shroud of Turin
Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J.

The Lenten season always results in many lecturers around the world making presentations about the Shroud and this year was no exception. Of course, with the advent of the internet these now become readily available for everyone to view. Included here is a selection of many, recently released video and audio presentations on the Shroud of Turin. I hope we didn't miss any important ones.


The Shroud of Turin – Double Awakening by Waldemar Kurek-Mosakowski - (Polish Language with English subtitles) - 33:56 - (Please turn on the subtitles in the right bottom corner of the movie screen). - Published May 19, 2017 - The film shows - recently discovered - real pictures (not computer visualization) of the face of the Risen Jesus Christ. The movie was based on the author's personal experience with the Shroud of Turin and other relics "not human hand made."


The Shroud of Turin presented by Reese Norris, Esq. - 1:08:17 - Presented April 10, 2017 at Citrus Springs Community Center, Citrus Springs, Florida. Also included is a link to his PowerPoint Presentation. For those of you who may not know the name, Reese was the original STURP team's legal counsel.


The Download: The Shroud of Turin - Unwrapping the Burial Cloth of Jesus - 31:01 - Published April 4, 2017 - Church Militant Round-table Discussion of the Shroud of Turin


Shroud of Turin Authenticity Confirmed - Lynn Leahz radio interview with Barrie Schwortz - 33:07 - Original air date February 9, 2017, Published February 10, 2017. Audio program with added video. Lynn hosts a popular, dramatic, prophecy-based radio program and website and told me she originally was skeptical about the Shroud of Turin.


The Shroud of Turin by Thomas de Wesselow - 20:51 - Published on February 6, 2017. Art historian Thomas de Wesselow discusses his work on the Shroud of Turin. Though carbon-dating seems to place the shroud in the 14th century, de Wesselow has evidence of its authenticity and believes that it provides the answer to the crucial question of what exactly made early Christians believe in the Resurrection.


The Case for Jesus: Science and the Shroud of Turin by Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. - 52:20 - Published on February 4, 2017 - From the Catholics @ Work OC November 2016 Prayer Breakfast: Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., founder of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith (magiscenter.com), discusses the history of the Shroud of Turin and the scientific evidence for its authenticity.


Shroud of Turin Presentation March 2014 with Dr. Wayne Phillips - 1:00:54 - Published on April 16, 2014 - From a presentation made at St. Lawrence Catholic Church on March 26, 2014. Wayne continues to update and make his beautifully produced Shroud presentations available around the country.

Posted June 8, 2017

The Shroud on the Internet

Shroud displayed on LED sign at Crosswind Church in Westminster, Maryland
Photo © 2017 Deborah Reuter

Earlier this year the Crosswind Church in Westminster, Maryland, obtained one of our Lifesize Shroud of Turin Replicas and displayed it in their church throughout the entire Lenten Season. They even included a photograph of it on their outside LED billboard and we are grateful to Deborah Reuter for sharing the above photo with us. Now, let's get to some of the many Shroud related items that appeared on the internet since our Anniversary Update on January 21st:


Further testing needed for the Shroud of Turin by C. S. Morrissey discusses the research of Shroud scholars Mark Antonacci and Dr. Phillip Wiebe and the need for additional scientific testing of the Shroud. From the B. C. Catholic website, June 2, 2017.


Jerusalem Quake Seasonality - Latest news from Jeff Williams and his Dead Sea Quake website ("Geologic Research into Events reported on the Day of the Crucifixion"), and his just completed crowd-funding campaign to radiocarbon date certain geologic samples. May 2017.


Controversial researcher loses 12th paper that’s “literally copied;” authors object by Victoria Stern - A physics journal has retracted a 2011 paper by a group of scientists based in Italy, noting it’s “literally copied” from a paper by the same authors. From the Retractionwatch.com website, May 15, 2017.


Monnaies du linceul de Turin : les questions qui subsistent (Currencies of the Shroud of Turin: the remaining questions) French language article by Lebanese Shroud scholar Farès Melki that challenges the recent conclusions by Italian numismatist Agostino Sferrazza who claims he has identified coins that cover the eyes of the Man of the Shroud. From the Aleteia website, May 6, 2017.


New Evidence Shroud Dates To 1st Century is an article that describes the recent study by Italian numismatist Agostino Sferrazza claiming he has identified coins that cover the eyes of the Man of the Shroud. From the Worldnet Daily website, April 30, 2017.


Shroud of Turin coins may finally have been identified is an article by Daniel Esparza that describes the recent study by Italian numismatist Agostino Sferrazza claiming he has identified coins that cover the eyes of the Man of the Shroud. From the Aleteia website, April 26, 2017.


Still Shrouded in Mystery by K. V. Turley is an article that details the contributions of award winning film maker and Shroud scholar, David Rolfe and the impact his work has had on the author. From Crisis Magazine, April 20, 2017.


Easter and the Shroud of Turin: ‘Nothing Is Impossible with God’ by Myra Adams provides a good general overview of the Shroud and ends on a spiritual note. From the National Review website, April 15, 2017. [Editor's Note: Myra tells me her article was heavily edited before publication].


Shroud of Turin at St Patrick’s Cathedral - story and photographs of one of our Lifesize Shroud Replicas on display in the Sacred Heart Chapel of St. Patricks Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Parramatta, NSW, Australia, from the Catholic Outlook website, April 13, 2017.


'Man of the Shroud' exhibit by John Curry, West Carleton Review, covers the public exhibition of the Vancouver Shroud Association's traveling Shroud exhibit at St. Isidore Church near Ottawa, Canada. Originally published April 10, 2017 on the Ottawa Community News website.


The Glorious Quest for the Sweet Wood and Sweet Nails by John M. Grondelski is a book review of a reprint of British writer J. Charles Wall’s 1910 book, Relics of the Passion - Where They Went and How They Got There, now available to a new century of readers. Apparently, one of the relics discussed in the book is the Shroud of Turin. The article appeared on the National Catholic Register website on April 9, 2017.


Could the Shroud of Turin be Jesus’ actual burial cloth? by Richard Ostling from his Religion Q & A blog published on the Patheos website on April 3, 2017.


Has Science Proven the Shroud of Turin to Be a Medieval Forgery? by Ryan Fitzgerald is an article that appeared on the ChurchMilitant.com website on March 27, 2016. The article is sub-titled, "Despite what skeptics insist, its authenticity remains scientifically tenable."


Tavola della Sindone con reticolo (Shroud Table With Reticle) (In Italian), is a pdf format article that includes several high quality Shroud images with a grid overlay that could prove useful for Shroud researchers. Our thanks to Paolo di Lazzaro for letting us know about it. From the Centro Internazionale di Sindonologia website in Turin, available since 2003.

Posted June 8, 2017

Our Next Update

Our Next Update

I don't have an exact date for the next update, but I do know it will occur in the Fall, probably sometime in September. I do know for sure that the next update will include a Special Feature on the Shroud and the Eastern Orthodox Church, reports on the 2017 Shroud Conference in Washington State and the Jalsa Salana Convention in England, 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 or any important Shroud news breaks. We hope you find this update interesting and useful and look forward to seeing you in the Fall! Thank you all again for being there and have a great summer!

Barrie Schwortz
President, STERA, Inc.

Posted June 8, 2017


21st Anniversary Update! January 21, 2017

The Shroud Billboard Project - Hilton Head, South Carolina
Photo ©2017 William Kelly

Today, January 21, 2017, marks our 21st anniversary on the internet! Another year has passed and the website continues to grow and thrive, thanks to you, our loyal visitors and friends! Our anniversary updates are usually large ones and often international in scope and today's update is no exception. In fact, the first five articles represent material from the U.S., Australia, Italy, England and Finland! We start with news of an innovative Shroud billboard project here in the U.S. that has its roots in a similar recent project in Dublin, Ireland. This update also brings you five more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, video links to the entire December 2016 Rome Shroud Conference, the latest issue of the BSTS Newsletter, Shroud news from Finland, along with links to many new books, articles, papers, videos and much more. Let's get started!

Here is the Update Table of Contents:


The Shroud Billboard Project

The Shroud Billboard Project - Hilton Head, South Carolina
Click for larger view. Photo ©2017 William Kelly

The Dublin Billboard that inspired the South Carolina project
Click for larger view. Photo © The Holy Face Project

Last year I was contacted by Val Kelly of Hilton Head, South Carolina, who told me about a project where an organization in Dublin, Ireland published billboards of the Shroud face without any accompanying text or verbiage and created quite a strong public reaction. Val wanted to duplicate the idea near her home in Hilton Head with the help of her prayer group 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 make up their own minds about what it meant. I agreed to provide the image and Val and her prayer group funded the production of a test billboard that will remain in place for one year. You can see the result in the accompanying photographs. The billboard, which receives over 19,000 impressions per week, is viewable on the way back from Savannah toward Bluffton/Hilton Head, approximately six miles south of the Route 46 traffic circle (one mile south of the Pink Pig Restaurant) on Rt. 315, with Bellinger Hill Road being the closest intersection. (Click here for map provided by the billboard company). According to Val, "We plan on making presentations to the local Catholic churches to see if they would have interest in sponsoring additional, local billboards and then hopefully expand from there. I do have contacts in South Carolina and will investigate expanding further. It will take some time, but, will keep you in the loop on our progress."

I mentioned this project at the STERA, Inc. Board of Directors meeting in December and some concern was expressed about the placement of the Shroud image on a double billboard. The question was, what might it be paired with and what implications could that have? As you can see in the above photographs, there is an image of a flooded home in the lower billboard with the message "Don't Wait. Communicate." and the sub-message, "Make your emergency plan." Frankly, I find the juxtaposition of the two actual billboards to be rather ironic, fitting and even complimentary! What do you think? Board member Richard Orareo promptly did some further research on the Dublin billboard and provided us with the following information:

"The image of The Holy Face that we saw in the photograph was on Sarsfield Road in Inchicore, in outer Dublin. This billboard is one of many that is part of The Holy Face Project. Twenty eight are scattered throughout Ireland with 8 in Dublin. This project is a small part of the greater Human Life International, a Pro-Life Organization. Mr. Patrick McCrystal is the project manager. He organized a national prayer service in all 32 counties in Ireland that featured a large Holy Face banner at each service. There was also a project that brought the Holy Face inside the bus system in Dublin. They estimate that more than 1,000,000 viewed the image within the 200 buses. McCrystal raised necessary funding through an appeal to the Human Life International membership. They raised more than €60,000. Pam Moon also had a traveling Shroud exhibit that traveled from Dublin, to Cork, to Knock during 2014. Ireland has it "going on!" - Richard"

UPDATE: I am very pleased to report that as soon as this update went online we received a cordial greeting from Patrick McCrystal, the man who manages the Ireland Holy Face Project that inspired the South Carolina group. We have agreed to stay in touch and Patrick was kind enough to send me a copy of their newsletter, which includes many more details and photographs. You can read it here: The Holy Face Project Newsletter. He also provided us with a link to their new website, www.theholyface.com. We will keep you posted on everyone's progress.

Posted January 21, 2017
Updated January 25, 2017

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

Shroud News

With this update we add five more issues to Rex Morgan's Shroud News archive, which will total 118 issues when complete. This update includes Issue #62, December 1990 through Issue #66, August 1991 with articles by such notable Shroud scholars as John Tyrer, Ian Wilson, Eoin Ó Máille, Andre Van Cauwenberghe, Remi Van Haelst, Joe Nickell, Prof. Daniel Scavone, Prof. Alan Whanger and Mary Whanger and Father Peter M. Rinaldi, S.D.B. 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, 2017

December 2016 Rome Shroud Conference Videos Online

Official Conference Website (in Italian)

As we announced in our last update, an International and Interdisciplinary Conference on the Shroud of Turin with the theme, "He saw and He believed". The Shroud, science, faith and proclamation of the Paschal Mystery, was held in Rome on December 13 - 14, 2016. The event was sponsored by the Institute of Science and Faith of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, in collaboration with the International Centre of Sindonology in Turin. Speakers included Prof. Antonio Cassanelli, Prof. Gian Maria Zaccone, Mgr. Giuseppe Ghiberti, Father Andrew Dalton LC, Father Nicolas Bossu LC, Father Rafael Pascual LC, Dr. Petrus Soons, Dr. Ada Grossi, Fr. Gianfranco Berbenni OFM Cap, Prof. Bruno Barberis, Prof. Paolo Di Lazzaro, Roberto Falcinelli and many others.

Recently, the organizers released videos of the conference on YouTube so we are including links to them all below. Most of the presentations are in Italian but a few are in English. Here are the links:

  1. VIDE E CREDETTE 13-12-2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hIRvzHPg9Y
  2. VIDE E CREDETTE 13-12-2016 (1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdALgQ9K3DY
  3. VIDE E CREDETTE 13-12-2016 (3): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9wsAM5EUdI
  4. VIDE E CREDETTE 13-12-2016 (4): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd5s7RV-jdo
  5. VIDE E CREDETTE 14-12-2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFjj2cBU9Qg (Schwortz presentation in English begins at 1:26:30. Petrus Soons presentation in English begins at 2:49:00).

Since I was unable to attend the conference in person, I created a PowerPoint/video presentation titled The Contributions of the Shroud of Turin Research Project, which was presented on my behalf (see link #5 above). Since it is difficult to see the screen clearly in the above video, I am including a link to a 640x480 mp4 video version of my presentation (84 MB), along with a separate link to a pdf version of the presentation script:

Posted January 21, 2017

BSTS Newsletter December 2016 Issue No. 84 Now Online

BSTS Newsletter No. 84

We are happy to report that the British Society for the Turin Shroud page of the website has been updated and the latest December 2016 Issue No. 84 of the BSTS Newsletter is now online. This issue includes several in-depth research articles starting with Did Joan of Arc See the Turin Shroud? by Hugh Duncan and The Pray Codex by Hugh Farey, the newsletter's Editor. It also includes a reprint of Pollen on the Shroud of Turin: The Probable Trace Left by Anointing and Embalming by Marzia Boi and an event article by Brenda Benton titled My First Visit to Jalsa Salana. Also includes news from around the internet and much more.

Posted January 21, 2017

Shroud News from Finland

Photo: Arma Christi (Click for larger view)
Source: Mikael Agricola: Rucouskirja (Prayer Book) 1544

I recently received an update from our good friend Juha Hiltunen, about an upcoming Shroud Exhibit and Seminar in Turku, Finland. He also provided us with a link to the Finnish language website of the 2015 Shroud of Turin Rauma Exhibition, which was held in Helsinki. Here is the information he sent us about this year's events:

The Exhibit: Date: March 27 - April 17, 2017. Place: Turku, Finland. Martinkirkko (Church of Martin). The first exhibit in Finland (2010) was also arranged here. Exhibit program is included as a part of the Reformation 500-year celebrations in Turku, as it was the former capital of Finland and the place where Mikael Agricola, in the inspiration of Martin Luther, worked and translated the Bible into Finnish and therefore started the Reformation here too.

The Seminar: Date: April 8, 2017. Place: Turku, Finland. Martinkirkko (Church of Martin). All participants are from Finland and lectures are in Finnish. Name of the seminar: Contemplation of God's/the Lord's Face in the Tradition of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Finland. Speakers:

Juha also pointed out that although the topics of the scheduled lectures are not directly related to the Shroud of Turin, some references to it will undoubtedly be made. You will also find his latest book, a revised and updated edition of his 2009 Finnish language work, will soon be available and is listed in our Recently Published Books section below. It is great to see an ongoing effort to educate the people of Finland about the Shroud of Turin by Juha and his colleagues. Thank you for keeping us informed Juha!

Posted January 21, 2017

International Conference on the Shroud of Turin, Washington State, 2017

Official Website

In our September 19, 2016 website update we announced that an International Conference on the Shroud of Turin will be held in Pasco, Washington State, USA on July 19-22, 2017. We wanted to remind everyone that the deadline for submission of papers is February 28, 2017 so there is still time to participate. See our previous article or click on the above link to visit the conference website where you can find more details, register for the event, learn about travel, hotels and accommodations, view a video from the conference organizers and much more. In an e-mail on January 18, 2017, conference organizer Robert Rucker sent me the following update:

2017 Lecture Tour on the Shroud - With the conference on the Shroud of Turin (www.shroudconference2017.com) coming up July 19 to 22 in Pasco, Washington, Bob Rucker and Mark Antonacci are planning a lecture tour (mid-March to mid-April) to reach people at research facilities and population centers across 14 states. An outline of this lecture tour is available at http://www.shroudconference2017.com/lecture-tour.html and at http://testtheshroudonline.com/shroud-2017-conference/. As specific locations, dates, and times are arranged, they will be made available on these sites. Those interested in helping in this effort should contact Bob (H: 509-375-4770, C: 509-628-6894) or Mark (314-704-0537).

Posted January 21, 2017

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 all 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 January 2017)" so simply search for that phrase on the Booklist page.


Valokuva Jeesuksesta. Torinon käärinliina tieteen, historian ja Uuden testamentin valossa (A Photograph of Jesus. Shroud of Turin in the Light of Science, History and the New Testament) by Juha Hiltunen (Finnish language)

Since we included a Shroud News from Finland feature in this update, we wanted to include the latest Finnish language book on the Shroud, even though it is not yet available online. We will update this listing with the link as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can order the book directly from the publisher by sending an e-mail to tilaukset@kirjapaja.fi.

According to the author, this book is a "completely revised edition in March 2017 (of his 2009 1st edition). It contains all the relevant new research data since 2009 and more visual material compared with the first edition. And the question mark is now removed from the title, because all this new data (incl. dating of the Shroud to the 1st C) confirms more precisely, I think, that it is truly a photograph of Jesus."

Paperback: ca. 400 pages
Publisher: Kirjapaja. Helsinki, Finland March 2017
Language: Finnish
ISBN-13: 978-952-288-576-0


Le linceul de Turin (The Shroud of Turin) by Tristan Casabianca (French language)

Here is an excerpt from the description of the book on the Amazon France website (Google translation):

"In 2015, over one million people came to pray, or to simply pass an ancient linen cloth: the Shroud of Turin. The reason for its attraction is simple: it is deemed to have wrapped the body of Jesus of Nazareth after his crucifixion in Jerusalem... The reputation of the Turin shroud is old: it was at least in existence during the second half of the fourteenth century, at Lirey in Champagne... This book presents a rigorously consolidated statement and update of our knowledge on the shroud of Turin. It then assesses methodically different image forming hypotheses. Tristan Casabianca was born in Bastia in 1982. A graduate in history of public law and political ideas as well as economic analysis of law (Universities of Aix-Marseille, Hamburg, Rotterdam), Tristan Casabianca is particularly interested in its academic publications (the Heythrop Journal, New Blackfriars) scientific and philosophical consensus on the shroud. Relying on traditional historiographical criteria, he has proposed, in 2013, a new method for assessing the Shroud of Turin."

Paperback: 110 pages
Publisher: Anima Corsa (2016)
Language: French
ISBN-10: 2919381466
ISBN-13: 978-2919381463
Posted January 21, 2017

Recently Published Papers and Articles

Revisiting a pure stochastic mechanism to explain the body image formation on the Linen of Turin
by Giovanni Fazio, Giuseppe Mandaglio and Antonio Anastasi

Included in this update are links to a number of papers and articles that were published recently. All have also been permanently archived on the Scientific Papers & Articles page (alphabetically by title) and the Website Library page (alphabetically by author).







Posted January 21, 2017

Recently Released Videos and Audios

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - A New Video From David Rolfe

A number of new Shroud related videos have been released recently and we are including links to them here. The first is a new short film from award winning filmmaker David Rolfe and co-producer Pam Moon and is titled, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. The video, inspired by the feature film "Risen," is beautifully produced and edited with an equally beautiful soundtrack performed by Tom Moon. This is a truly inspirational music video from the producer of the award winning 1978 film, "The Silent Witness," the first ever documentary on the Shroud of Turin. David has graciously posted the 4 minute 20 second video on Vimeo at the above link to share it with all of us. He has also made available a new Vimeo link to his superb 2016 film, A Grave Injustice (which we featured in a Special Update on March 19, 2016, in case you missed it).



The Shroud of Turin as the Burial Cloth of Jesus: Answers for Critics, is the title of a one hour twenty-three minute presentation made by Dr. John Johnson at an Apologetics Symposium held on October 16, 2016 at the Cedar Park Church, in Bothell, Washington. This is a YouTube video of his complete presentation. Dr. Johnson has a PhD in Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley. He retired from Boeing after 31 years, mostly in Aerospace. He has studied and taught Bible archaeology since he was a Biblical Christian in 1980.



Russ Breault: Could the Shroud be a Receipt? is the title of a 22 minute video of one of Russ' excellent Shroud Encounter presentations, which he just posted on YouTube. Here is what Russ wrote us in a recent e-mail: "Some of you who have seen my Shroud Encounter presentation know that I end with the idea of the Shroud as a receipt, a proof of purchase. Could it be a record of the transaction between God and man? Could the Shroud be an itemized receipt documenting the price that was paid?"



Mark Antonacci: Test the Shroud - At the Atomic and Molecular Levels is the title of a recent audio only podcast interview with Mark on The Mind Renewed.com. Here is an excerpt from the description on their website: "Arguing that new scientific tests might contest these findings and reveal the Shroud to be very probably the genuine burial cloth of Jesus Christ, Mark Antonacci proposes a scientifically-testable hypothesis that particle radiation emanating from the shroud-wrapped, crucified body may account for very many of the Shroud's features, such as full-length body images, still-red blood marks, erroneous carbon dating and more."

Posted January 21, 2017

The Shroud on the Internet

American Confraternity of the Holy Shroud

Our good friend Jim Bertrand reports that the website for the recently formed American Confraternity of the Holy Shroud is now online. Produced by Robert Siefker, the new website went online on December 28, 2016. According to the site, "The possibility of strengthening faith, and potentially changing lives, is what prompted the founding of the American Confraternity of the Holy Shroud (ACHS). The mission of the Confraternity is to develop ways that the Shroud, whether it is “authentic” or an iconic representation of Jesus’ passion and death, may illuminate and strengthen Christian faith."



The Mysteries of the Shroud of Turin by Robin Barret is an article that appeared on December 16, 2016 in Newsminer.com, "The Voice of Interior Alaska." Here is an excerpt: "Some have called the Shroud of Turin an elaborate hoax; others have called it a miraculous artifact of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. It is either one or the other. What is the shroud and where does it come from?"

Posted January 21, 2017

895,995 Visitors in 2016!

895,995 Visitors in 2016! (Click to see details)

2016 was another great year for Shroud.com web traffic, although we did not surpass our 2015 record of 1 million+ visitors. Of course, that year the Shroud was on public display and garnered considerable media attention which drove lots of extra traffic to our site. Our final total for 2016 was 895,995 visits and we averaged more than 2450 visitors per day or around 75,000 visitors per month. In 2016 our visitors generated over 15 million hits, viewed nearly 12 million files, viewed over 2.3 million pages and generated 704 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, 2017

2017 Lecture Schedule

Lecturing at the 2015 University Series in Camarillo, California

Since viewers often write me asking where and when I might be giving Shroud presentations, I am again including my upcoming schedule in case I happen to be in your area. If so, please drop by and say hello. Also, please understand that as of this writing, the schedule is by no means complete and that 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, 2017
Updated March 12, 2017

Our Next Update

I don't have an exact date for the next update, but I do know it will occur in the Spring, probably sometime in May. A lot will depend on my travel and lecture schedule, which is not yet finalized for this year. Although I don't know the exact date, I do know for sure that the next update 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 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, 2017

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