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:
23rd Anniversary Update! January 21, 2019
Happy New Year! Today, January 21, 2019, marks our 23rd anniversary on the internet and, as usual, our Anniversary Update is a huge one! Today's update leads off with the publication of a rare Shroud report by the late Dr. Eugenia Nitowski and the completion of the 118 issue archive of Rex Morgan's Shroud News. This update is also very international in nature, as it marks the beginning of our archiving the CMS SINDONE Boletin, the journal of the Centro Mexicano de Sindonologia and the first Spanish language journal archived here on Shroud.com. In keeping with the international theme, we also are including a new article in Portuguese and several other translations in Dutch, Spanish and Russian. This update also includes news of the expansion of the Shroud Billboard Project, both here in the U.S. and now in Spain. It also includes memorials for a number of Shroud scholars who passed in recent months. In addition, it includes many new papers and articles, new links to Shroud information on the internet, some new books and DVD's and much more. We hope you find this information useful and interesting. Enjoy!
Here is the Update Table of Contents:
- Environmental Study of the Shroud in Jerusalem by Dr. Eugenia Nitowski Now Available
- Rex Morgan's Shroud News Archive Completed!
- Introducing the CMS SINDONE Boletin - First Spanish Language Journal on Shroud.com
- BSTS Newsletter Winter 2018-19 Issue Now Available
- In Memoriam - Phillip Wiebe, John C. Klotz, Yannick Clément
- Update on Holy Face Billboard Project in South Carolina
- The New Billboard Project in Spain
- 2019 International Shroud Conference Update
- New Translations Added
- Recently Published Books
- Recently Published Papers & Articles
- Recently Released Videos and Audios
- The Shroud on the Internet
- 1,538,824 Visits in 2018!
- 2019 Lecture Schedule
- Our Next Update
Environmental Study of the Shroud in Jerusalem by Dr. Eugenia Nitowski Now Available
In 2015, I started working with the late Paul Maloney on three important projects. The first was the archiving of the Eugenia Nitowski materials that she had sent him that included 518 35mm photomicroscopy slides (taken by Dr. Nitowski and her colleague, Dr. Joseph Kohlbeck) and the compilation and digitization of her extremely important Environmental Study of the Shroud in Jerusalem Field and Laboratory Report. As far as I can tell, Dr. Nitowski never submitted this important work for publication but only made printed, hand bound copies available, in many cases with photographic prints pasted directly onto the pages, and distributed them individually to certain Shroud scholars. Fortunately, archaeologist William Meacham (a member of the STERA, Inc. Board), who had received one of the copies from Dr. Nitowski, was kind enough to scan his copy and send it to me so I could compile it into the pdf document we are including here today and make it part of the Nitowski archive. When I brought this up at the recent STERA, Inc. Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted unanimously to include it on Shroud.com. The paper has also been permanently archived on the Scientific Papers & Articles page (alphabetically by title) and the Website Library page (alphabetically by author). I had also completed the scanning and digitizing of the Nitowski 35mm slides but Paul died before I could send him the archive. We intend to make the entire Nitowski archive (photomicroscopy and documents) available to qualified researchers at some point in the future.
As I noted in our October 8, 2018 update, the second project I was working on with Paul was his creation of an accurate map of the locations on the Shroud where Max Frei took his tape samples during the 1978 STURP scientific examination. Working primarily from Max's notes and the photodocumentation images I made in 1978 of Frei's sample taking, Paul completed the map and sent it to me on the day he passed away. With his family's permission, we published it in our last update. That paper was titled, The Max Frei 1978 Sticky Tape Locations, Data Foundation and Accompanying Critical-Analytical Commentary and marked his final contribution to Sindonology.
The third project I was working on with Paul was by far the largest and most extensive. On July 15, 1988, Dr. Max Frei's entire collection of twenty-eight sticky-tape Shroud samples was formally handed over to the American Shroud group ASSIST, headed by Paul Maloney. In the ensuing years that the samples were in his possession, Paul spent considerable time examining the tapes under his microscope and making over 5000 35mm photomicroscopy slides of the tapes. Paul was in the process of going through the many binders of 35mm slides and annotating them when he passed away. Our plan was for me to start digitizing those that he had annotated one binder at a time until we completed his entire collection. Sadly, I have no idea how far into the task he had gotten at the time of his death. I am in contact with the Maloney family and we will start formulating a concrete plan to continue the work in the near future. I will keep you updated on our progress.
Posted January 21, 2019
Rex Morgan's Shroud News Archive Completed!
With this update we add the last eight issues to Rex Morgan's Shroud News archive, which is now complete and totals 118 issues! On Christmas Eve I received an e-mail from Stephen Jones with "A Christmas present for Rex!" in the subject line. On that date Stephen finished the final issue of Shroud News and completed the extraordinary task of scanning and optical character recognition of every page of every issue over the past four years. Here is what he said:
"Attached is my scanned and proof-read Word document and photos of the cover and page 4 of Shroud News issue #118 [last!], December 2001.
"I am especially pleased that my posting of this last issue of SN coincided with Christmas Eve, so it can be a Christmas present for Rex. My first email attaching SN #1 of September 1980 was on 4 April 2015. Since then I have, almost every morning, of almost every week, scanned and word-processed a double page of SN. Having completed 118 issues, I still am in awe of Rex who actually planned, physically typed, photoset, and distributed internationally, each of those 118 issues of SN, over a span of 21 years! I told Rex yesterday in an email that I was glad that he will be able to know the `immortalisation' of his life work (as he once called it). Again, wishing you and yours a happy and safe Christmas!"
I fully agree with Stephen's sentiments and am truly honored to have helped to preserve such an important Shroud resource. If you haven't yet read through the archive, I strongly urge you to do so. It is an amazing historical overview of Shroud research and scholarship over two decades and told in expert style by Rex Morgan. I personally consider Issue #118, the final issue of Shroud News, as one of the most important, because it contains the full transcript of Rex's amazing Keynote Address at the 2001 Dallas International Shroud Conference. I was fortunate to be there in the room when Rex delivered that speech and watched the audience sit in amazement and admiration. In the end, it earned him a well deserved and minutes long standing ovation. If Shroud News had to come to an end, then this was the perfect topic for its final issue. Thank you Rex for your incredible contributions to Sindonology. Your legacy is truly secure my friend.
Posted January 21, 2019
Introducing the CMS SINDONE Boletin - The first Spanish language journal on Shroud.com
I was contacted more than a year ago by our good friend in Mexico City, Dr. Julius López Morales, one of the founders of the Centro Mexicano de Sindonologia (CMS), the major Shroud research organization in Mexico. He asked if we would be interested in archiving the CMS SINDONE Boletin, their printed journal published between June 1983 and December 2007. He pointed out that the journal was only available in the Spanish language and I immediately agreed to include it here on Shroud.com (as soon as we completed the Shroud News archive). So we are very proud to introduce a new page on Shroud.com, CMS SINDONE Boletin (En Español), with the first 32 issues of the journal, which will include all 80 printed issues once completed.
Since this website first went online, our Spanish speaking visitors had to use online translation services to read the English language articles on the site. Today, with the introduction of the CMS SINDONE Boletin, just the opposite is true. Now our English speaking visitors will need to use an online translation service to read this journal. As they say, turnabout is fair play. To make this feasible, I took the scanned issues provided to us by Julio and ran them through our OCR (optical character recognition) software, so the pages are now readable as text rather than images. That means that each document can be searched using the search feature in the pdf reader software (Ctrl - F). Julius has also kindly provided an introduction in both English and Spanish, a Table of Contents for some of the issues and an Index for all of the issues, which we have included as well. Our sincere thanks to Julius and his son Julio for their efforts in preserving this important Shroud resource and allowing us to archive it here. Muchas gracias mi amigos!
Posted January 21, 2019
BSTS Newsletter Winter 2018-19 Issue Now Available
David Rolfe, editor of the BSTS Newsletter reports that the latest Winter 2018-19 Issue No. 88 is now available to subscribers online. If you haven't already subscribed, you can take out or renew your subscription at this link: www.bstsnewsletter.com. At this point in time, subscriptions are still available for either print or digital editions, but that could change and become digital only, depending on the number of print subscribers. Postal costs are very high these days, particularly for international mail. 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 over 37 years can be readily searched online via our British Society for the Turin Shroud page.
This latest edition includes an article by Ian Wilson titled, "New Facts and a New Historical Theory," three scientific paper reviews by Hugh Farey, an article titled, "Further Shroud Relics in Prague?" by Hugh Duncan, an article titled, "A Compelling Case for Authenticity" from Justin Robinson, an extensive article from César Barta, Pedro Sabe and José Manuel Orenga titled, "The Beirut Icon and the Shroud" and a BSTS Speaker Profile of Brenda Benton. I highly recommend subscribing to the BSTS Newsletter, as it is probably the last English language journal still published in the Shroud world.
Posted January 21, 2019
It is my sad duty to report the passing of our dear friend Dr. Phillip Wiebe, peacefully on Friday night, October 26, 2018 in Langley, BC, Canada, after a courageous battle with cancer. He taught in Canadian universities for 46 years, including over 40 years at Trinity Western University, and the Shroud of Turin was of special personal and academic interest to him. I knew him as a fellow Board Member of the Vancouver Shroud Association (VSA) and as a brilliant scholar and lecturer and dedicated student of the Shroud, who shared the stage with me on numerous occasions while we lectured around the VSA's Man of the Shroud Exhibit at various parishes in Canada. Although he struggled with health issues over the years, they rarely slowed him down, and for several years he actually lectured from his wheel chair. He truly will be missed by all who knew him, including the many students he influenced in his life. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Rest in peace my friend.Barrie Schwortz
The following was received from Carolyn Wharton, Exhibit Director of the Vancouver Shroud Association:
Dr. Phillip Wiebe was one of the founding members of the VSA and before beginning the Vancouver Shroud Association, I was privileged to hear him speak on the subject of the Shroud of Turin at TWU - a first introduction for me about 20 years ago. Phillip's knowledge of the Shroud and his enthusiasm for this subject drew the attention of others as well, and in time our Society was formed with the commencement of building our own Vancouver exhibition becoming a reality in 2004.
What I appreciated most about Phillip Wiebe, was his respect, sensitivity and patience shown towards others and seeing the immense impact that this unique cloth had on his life. Every opportunity to educate others about the Shroud of Turin was an exciting opportunity for Professor Wiebe. Phillip referred to himself as a Shroud "generalist" and Q & A's were opportunities for lively conversation following his talks. If you were one of the lucky ones to be in attendance when Dr. Wiebe felt inspired to share his journey from a disbeliever to a practising Christian through the aid of the Shroud of Turin, it was simply unforgettable. It was a story of how a confident academic was humbled through the discovery of God's personal love through this miraculous burial cloth, and whenever he spoke of this there were many adults that were moved to tears.
Continuing the work of the Vancouver Shroud Association without the guidance and assistance of this exceptional man will be challenging, but having personally witnessed Phillip's enthusiasm and commitment to this work remains a special source of motivation for me as we enter into our 15th year of Man of the Shroud exhibitions in Canada, and especially as we begin our first year of accepting hosting opportunities in the U.S. The sharing of factual information on this greatest of all mysteries must continue to reach individuals in as many communities as possible. Phillip Wiebe is irreplaceable to our Society and he will be dearly missed. His immense contributions to our special exhibit will never be forgotten.Carolyn Wharton
Vancouver Shroud Association
John C. Klotz
I must also sadly report the passing of my good friend and long time Shroud researcher, John Klotz, on November 9, 2018, after a brave struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was a frequent contributor to Dan Porter's Shroud of Turin blog and the author of "The Coming of the Quantum Christ," which dealt with the Shroud and beyond. He was actually working on his next book when the illness overtook him. I was fortunate to meet and spend some time with John and his wife Rene on several occasions while lecturing in New York and we spent many long hours on the phone in conversations that always started with the Shroud but often ended up on other topics. His background as an attorney was quite amazing so I am including a link to John's Obituary, John C. Klotz: A primal force for justice, written lovingly by his son Dan. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Rest in peace John. I will truly miss our long talks.Barrie Schwortz
Finally, I must sadly report the untimely passing of my good friend and ardent Shroud scholar, Yannick Clément, 45, of Louiseville, Quebec, Canada, on October 30, 2018. He was probably best known to those who followed his numerous postings on Dan Porter's Shroud of Turin blog page, but he also wrote or co-authored several serious Shroud papers, a number of which are available here on Shroud.com. Although we never met in person, we became friends during our many long phone conversations and e-mail exchanges over the years. We extend our sincerest and deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Rest in peace Yannick.Barrie Schwortz
Posted January 21, 2019
Update on the Holy Face Billboard Project in South Carolina
As we reported in our October 2018 website update, the folks in South Carolina have established The Holy Face Project Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so they can raise funds for additional billboards. Today's is just a short update to let you know that their new Holy Face Project website is now available online. It is great to see that their organization is growing and making real progress. Speaking of growing and making progress, have a look at the next article below.
Posted January 21, 2019
The New Billboard Project in Spain
In November 2018 I received an e-mail from David Collado, who lives in a village near Madrid, Spain. David had read about the Shroud Billboard Projects both in Ireland and South Carolina, and was interested in doing something similar (in a modest way) in the area where he lives. We were happy to provide David with the same image used by the South Carolina group and worked with his professional billboard company to insure that the best results were achieved. Ultimately, this resulted in one billboard location in Collado Villalba and two billboard locations in Torrelodones. Even more exciting, the billboards were all in place on Christmas Eve! David graciously sent us the Google Maps locations of the billboards, so we are including them below. He also sent us some photographs we are including that you can click on for larger views. Congratulations David for getting this accomplished so quickly! We are very happy to see this idea spreading and expect that other locations will start to appear in the future. Here are the Google Map locations in Madrid:
Posted January 21, 2019
2019 International Shroud Conference Update
Last June we announced that our good friend Dr. Gary Chiang of Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, was organizing an international Shroud conference titled, "Science : Theology and the Turin Shroud" to take place on August 14-17, 2019 at his university. At the time, he was still in the planning stages but has made considerable progress since then. There is now an official Conference Website that provides all the details (see above link) and he is now calling for abstracts for proposed papers or posters. Here is the latest from Gary:
I would like to announce the 2019 International Conference on the Shroud of Turin entitled, "Science, Theology and the Turin Shroud" and call for abstracts for oral or poster presentations to be made at the conference. This conference will take place on Wednesday, August 14 to Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Redeemer University, 777 Garner Rd E, in Ancaster, ON, Canada. For details on abstract format, submission, and conference registration, please visit the conference website at: http://custance.org/conference. This conference is being organized by Dr. Gary Chiang, Professor (emeritus) of Biology at Redeemer University and the author of "The Holy Shroud of Turin: a genuine artifact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
I have spoken to a number of Shroud scholars who plan to attend the conference and they are already working on their papers. I will be there and giving a presentation on the STURP Team and their 1978 research, so I hope to see some of you there.
Posted January 21, 2019
New Translations Added
New Translations Added
We have always tried to include different language translations of pages, articles or papers whenever they were available. In recent months, a number of people have contacted us and freely offered their services to translate certain articles or pages on the site. We are grateful for their contributions and are including below links to the original articles as well as the new translations. For your information, the above flags are from (l to r) Russia, Spain and the Netherlands and represent the new translations in today's update. Thank you all for your participation!
- The Legal and Medical Aspects of the Trial and Death of Christ by Dr. Robert Bucklin translated into a Russian language version by Oleg Lukin at ResumeCoversCV
- Five Reasons Why Some Christians Are Shroud Skeptics by Barrie M. Schwortz translated into a Spanish language version by Sasha Struhar
- The Sudarium of Oviedo: Its History and Relationship to the Shroud of Turin by Mark Guscin translated into a Dutch language version by Johanne Teerink
Posted January 21, 2019
Recently Published Books
Recently Published Books
Several new Shroud related books were published in recent months. We are listing them here and 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 their listings with "(Added 21 January 2019)" so you can simply search for that phrase on the Booklist page should you forget the titles.
Shroud of Turin: Uncovering the Paradox within the Archives of the Holy Shroud Guild by Giorgio D. Bracaglia
An in depth look at the important archives of the organization that first promoted the Shroud in the U.S. Here is an excerpt from Giorgio's description:
"With over 35 thousand documents to archive, this project lasted more than three years to complete. I have spent more than ten years of research that now includes digital scans, document organization, and interviews, which have made it possible to share the working inside of the Holy Shroud Guild. The preservation of these archives is extremely important. Their purpose serves as a time capsule, now liberated, providing over 60 years of historical Shroud studies from original correspondence associated with the Guild. This book reflects many different periods that significantly influenced five generations of Sindonologist studies..."
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Giorgio D. Bracaglia (January 2019)
The Crucifixion of Jesus: A Medical Doctor Examines the Death and Resurrection of Christ by Joseph W. Bergeron, M.D.
The book has several chapters that mention the Shroud. Here is an excerpt from the Amazon description:
"This ground-breaking work offers a unique apologetical argument for the validity of the Gospel accounts of Jesus' death and resurrection. Dr. Bergeron's medical expertise allows him to examine the medical aspects of Jesus' death as well as the "hallucination hypothesis" which attempts to discount Jesus' resurrection."
Hardcover: 282 pages
Publisher: St. Polycarp Publishing House (October 17, 2018)
Linceul de Turin: de l'analyse historique à l'investigation scientifique T.1 : Face à l'histoire by Jacques Suaudeau (French language)
English translation of the title: "Shroud of Turin: From Historical Analysis to Scientific Investigation" Vol. 1: Facing History. Here is a translated excerpt from the Amazon.fr description:
"The 'Shroud of Turin' is a long rectangular band that has on one of its faces the indelible imprint of the body of a young adult who was tortured by flogging followed by crucifixion. These marks, in a surprisingly precise manner, evoke all that the Gospels tell us about the Passion and death of Christ. It raises admiration and veneration in some, in others the interrogation, or sometimes even the refusal. This first volume presents what can be reconstructed from the history of this fabric, from the documents available today."
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Editions L'Harmattan (24 July 2018)
Linceul de Turin: de l'analyse historique à l'investigation scientifique T2 : Face à l'investigation scientifique by Jacques Suaudeau (French language)
English translation of the title: "Shroud of Turin: From Historical Analysis to Scientific Investigation" Vol. 2: Faced With Scientific Investigation. Here is a translated excerpt from the Amazon.fr description:
"Until recently, our knowledge of the shroud and its image was limited to what it was possible to see from this image in the light of day. The first photographs (1898) revealed the curious nature of the image carried by the fabric, from 1978, the scientific explorations carried out on the shroud brought a harvest of data which allow today to have a more precise idea of this image, its origin and its time. This canvas, unique in its kind, yet remains an enigma. It offers a fascinating icon of the dead, majestic and powerful Christ, who invites us to hope."Paperback: 346 pages
Publisher: Editions L'Harmattan (25 July 2018)
Posted January 21, 2019
Recently Published Papers & Articles
O ADN do Sudário de Turim - ADN de Jesus? - Reavaliação dos estudos de ADN do Sudário de Turim e do Pano de Oviedo - In Portuguese - (The DNA of the Shroud of Turin - DNA of Jesus? - A review of the Shroud of Turin and Oviedo Cloth's DNA studies) is a recent article by our friend Antero de Frias Moreira, Physician and Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Executive Member of the Portuguese Center for Sindonology. Antero wrote this article in response to the 2017 History Channel documentary titled, "The Jesus Strand: A Search for DNA." (You can read what we said about that program in an article titled, "The Broken Strand."). I sent that link to Antero and he replied, "I read it and my opinion is quite similar to yours and my paper also deals with the speculations of that documentary." We are very happy to include this article for our Portuguese speaking viewers. English speakers can use an online translation service to read the article.
Of course, several other papers have been published recently and we are including them as well. All have also been permanently archived on the Scientific Papers & Articles page (alphabetically by title) and the Website Library page (alphabetically by author).
List of Papers by Robert Rucker - I recently received the following request from Robert: "Could you include all of my papers and link them to my new (www.shroudresearch.net) website as specified rather than to academia.edu as done previously? I am frequently updating my papers as my understanding and the research progress, and it is easier to update them on my website than on academia." I explained to Robert that changing the location of any existing links on Shroud.com would cause any previous references made to those links by other researchers to become broken. Consequently, rather than changing the links, any of Robert's existing papers already linked via academia.edu on this site will remain intact and we will simply add the new link to the existing one. We will label each new link as the "Updated Version" and suggest you use only those for any future references you might make to Robert's research.
Why is the Turin Shroud Not Fake? by Giulio Fanti - Global Journal of Archaeology & Anthropology - December 4, 2018. Here is the introduction: "The Turin Shroud, the Holy Shroud or simply the Shroud is the archaeological object, as well as religious, more studied in the world. From a scientific point of view, it is important because it shows a double image of a man up to now not reproducible nor explainable; it is also religiously important because, according to the Christian tradition, it shows some traces of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. A recent paper showed why and in which sense the Shroud is authentic, but many persons still keep on stating the contrary, probably pushed by their religion beliefs that arouses many logical-deductive problems. Consequently, some researchers influence the scientific aspects of the most important Relic of Christianity based on their personal religious aspects thus publishing goal-oriented documents."
Linen Coloration by Pulsed Radiation. A Review by Paolo Di Lazzaro - Slides of presentation made at the International Conference on the Shroud of Turin, Pasco, Washington - July 22, 2017 - Here is the introduction: "In 2010, the first laboratory demonstration of a Shroud-like coloration at the microscopic level by using very short and intense bursts of Vacuum Ultraviolet radiation attracted a worldwide attention from media. It is time to rewind the tape and put those experimental results in their proper context: namely, the motivations of the work, the search for the optimum (but difficult to achieve) working point, the photo-chemistry clues, the reliability of the results, the scaling up from coloration to image production, what our results have really shown from a strictly scientific point of view, what are the implications in other areas such as philosophy, religion and metaphysics, what journalists (and some scientists too) have misunderstood. In this frame, the talk proposes a fascinating trip in 10 years of experimental efforts, intuitions, insights, accomplishments, disappointments, controversies. In three words, “the scientific method” …applied to a metaphysics question..." [Editor's Note: We have also added this link on our Pasco Conference page].
The Turin Shroud face: the evidence of maxillo-facial trauma by A. Majorana, E. Bardellini, G. Gulino, G. Conti, G. Farronato, L. Rodella - Folia Morphologica, Vol 74, No 2, May 28, 2015 - Here is the abstract: "The Turin Shroud (TS) is a linen cloth commonly associated with Jesus Christ, his crucifixion and burial. Several medical specialists have debated the injuries of the TS Man, nevertheless there are no detailed and quantitative data about the anatomy of the TS face. The purpose of this study was to analyse the cephalometric measurements of the face image of the TS. The TS face image was acquired by a picture and processed using a cephalometric software, Oris Ceph® (Up to date 2012). The image of the soft tissues was processed in order to obtain skeletal points and a cephalometric analysis of the soft and skeletal tissues was performed. Image processing of the TS face shows that the Man represented in it has undergone a maxillo-facial trauma, especially a left displacement of the mandible, probably due to temporo-mandibular joint lesions. This condition has not been described before, despite several studies on the subject." [Editor's Note: This somewhat older paper was recently brought to my attention by Sasha Struhar].
This is an older paper from the IV Symposium Scientifique International du CIELT, held on April 25-26, 2002, in Paris, France, and we are happy that after all these years we can add it here and on the Paris Conference page of this site. The paper is titled, The Shroud and the Gospels Among History, Science and Faith - Some epistemological remarks by Alessandro Malantrucco. Our thanks to Alessandro for making it available to us.
Posted January 21, 2019
Recently Released Videos and Audios
The only new Shroud related DVD we are aware of is this two disc set titled, The Mystery of the Shroud of Turin by noted Shroud scholar, author and lecturer, John C. Iannone. John's presentations were filmed live at the Fullness of Truth Conference in Lafayette, Louisiana on May 4-5, 2018. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of seeing John's presentations in person on several occasions and have always found them to be honest, accurate and very informative. I plan to sit down and watch both discs as soon as I finish this update! If you are interested in obtaining the DVD's or want to know more about John, his books, his blog and his other Shroud work, visit his Shroud Image website at the above links.
Remnant Call Radio - Shroud of Turin "Shocking Evidence is a radio program hosted by Frank Cox that I participated in on March 8, 2018. I had planned to include a link to it in one of our subsequent updates, but for some reason that never happened, so I am including it today. It can also be accessed via the Remnant Call Facebook page. I think the program was one of the better ones I have participated in, although Frank was somewhat hyperbolic and overly generous in his introduction, as you will see. Here is an excerpt: "The Shroud of Turin is not just some piece of medieval forgery, but an unbelievable piece of history pointing to the Truth of Jesus of Nazareth. Join with world leading expert on the Shroud of Turin, Barrie Schwortz. The scientific evidence will blow you away!!!"
Posted January 21, 2019
The Shroud on the Internet
With the vast proliferation of websites, blogs and videos on the internet, it is always difficult to decide which links to include here. We try to avoid those that make overly dramatic claims, are filled with speculation, have no real scientific value and mainly reflect the personal opinions of their authors (there are lots of them)! We do our best to link only to interesting, relevant and credible content, but we have to remember that we are dealing with probably the most controversial single object on the planet, so it is not always as easy as it sounds.
I was very happy to hear from our good friend Fares Melki in Lebanon last month, who reports that his Arabic language Shroud website, kafanalmassih, has undergone a major redesign and has been updated to make it mobile friendly and consistent with the latest technical internet requirements. The content has also been thoroughly revised, taking into account the latest serious scientific research. According to Fares, "The purpose of this site is to provide all Arabs, mostly Muslims, with objective information about the Shroud of Turin, far from so many legends circulating in the Arab world, while trying to develop the historical side (the Shroud stayed with us in the East until 1204) and the biblical and theological sides." Congratulations Fares on your ongoing, important and innovative work.
New discoveries prove man on Shroud of Turin was ‘really crucified’ by Diane Montagna - LifeSite News - January 11, 2019 - Here is a brief excerpt: "Italian researchers have made a new discovery about the Shroud of Turin which they say strengthens the hypothesis that “the man of the Shroud was really crucified.” In a new soon-to-be-released study, researchers have also identified the exact point where the lance pierced his side, and concluded that the bloodstains on what many believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus are “absolutely realistic...” [Editor's Note: There were many other media reports on this research, but most were in Italian, so we have only included the English version here. Note also that the research this article is based on has, at the time of this writing, yet to be published in a scientific journal].
¿Qué dice la ciencia sobre la veracidad del Sudario de Turín? 3 puntos clave que necesitas conocer (en español) - What does science say regarding the veracity of the Shroud of Turin? 3 key points you must know (English) - by Sasha Struhar - CatholicLink.com - January 10, 2019 - Although the original article was published in Spanish, Sasha was kind enough to send us an English translation so we are providing links to both. Here is a brief excerpt: "The objective of this article is to share a brief analysis of key points about the Shroud of Turin from the scientific point of view. The article will be supported by scientific literature that can be found at the end of it. The key points are a) Radiocarbon study conducted in 1988 to determine the age of the Shroud, b) some hypotheses proposed to explain the formation of the image, c) blood on the Shroud..."
Telling the Story of the Shroud of Turin by Jim Graves - National Catholic Register (blog), December 11, 2018 - Here is an excerpt: "Lee Sweeney is director of the Shroud Center of Southern California (https://www.shroudcenter.com/ or https://santiagoretreatcenter.org/shroud-center/). The Center was founded in 1996 by Dr. August Accetta to tell the story of the Shroud of Turin, which many believe to be the burial cloth of Christ. The Center is currently housed in the Santiago Retreat Center in Silverado, California, and welcomes visitors free of charge. Sweeney recently spoke about the work of the Shroud Center..."
Shroud of Turin SHOCK: Demands for investigation into Jesus’ burial cloth to be REOPENED by Sean Martin - Express, December 5, 2018 - This U.K. article features David Rolfe, award winning film maker, Shroud scholar and current Editor of the BSTS Newsletter. Here is an excerpt: "The investigation into the authenticity of the Turin Shroud should be reopened, according to an expert who believes it could be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. For centuries, Christians had believed the Shroud of Turin was used to wrap Jesus Christ’s deceased body in after he had died. Many even thought you could still see the imprint of his face. However, newer evidence suggested the Shroud of Turin is fraudulent and that carbon dating showed that it only emerged in the Middle Ages. But BAFTA-winning film-maker David Rolfe who has spent 40 years investigating the shroud believes it could be the cloth Jesus was buried in after his crucifixion..."
Jesus 'death mask' is REAL – expert makes bombshell claim on Turin Shroud by Henry Holloway - Daily Star, December 4, 2018 - This is another article featuring David Rolfe, similar to the above but more fully illustrated. Here is an excerpt: "JESUS Christ’s death mask – the Turin Shroud – is not a Medieval fake and scientific investigations into the mysterious cloth must be reopened, an expert has claimed..."
Skeptics and Seekers Podcast with Dale Glover and David Johnson - November 10, 2018 - I agreed to appear on this podcast knowing in advance that many of its listeners are affirmed skeptics. I think you'll find that is true when you read the comments that were posted by listeners, some of them from skeptics whose names you will probably recognize. Still, I was treated respectfully by the listeners and the hosts, one of whom was an avowed skeptic. In fact, he asked some of the best questions. You can listen and decide for yourselves.
Turin Shroud- Anniversary of STURP: Honoring the Divine Field by Stephanie Lynne Thorburn - Authors.com, November 8, 2018 - Stephanie wrote to me recently to tell me about her web page where she remembers the STURP anniversary using artworks and spirituality. This is a rather different approach to the Shroud. Here is an excerpt of what she wrote to me: "I have now completed my 40th Anniversary corollary feature, honoring the work of both STURP and the educational efforts of STERA. Many congratulations on reaching the 40th Anniversary of Shroud of Turin Research Project. - Your work on the Turin Shroud is exceptionally dedicated & inspiring. I am an energy artist and an author. At this time, I'm working on a book dedicated to Transformative Spiritual Leadership, offering a revisionist account on Christ. Whilst finalising this work, I have been attempting to raise the profile of the Shroud in the public domain..."
Archaeologist discovered One of the earliest images of Jesus’ unearthed in Egyptian tomb by Team Histecho Members - HISTECHO, October 15, 2018 - This article provides news of a recent archaeological discovery of one of the earliest depictions of Jesus. The Shroud is mentioned as another. Here is an excerpt: "A group of Catalan archaeologists believes it has unearthed one of the earliest images of Jesus Christ buried deep in an ancient Egyptian tomb. Specialists at the University of Barcelona discovered an underground structure in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchu which may have acted as a resting place for a number of priests..."
Posted January 21, 2019
1,538,824 Visits in 2018!
During the course of the year, we typically do not pay much attention to our website traffic statistics since we allow no advertising on this website (advertising revenues earned by websites are based directly on web traffic). Still, although we do not focus on the numbers and these statistics are not critical to our operations or revenue streams, they are interesting to look at from time to time, so we publish them once a year in our January Anniversary Update.
2018 was another excellent year for Shroud.com web traffic, surpassing our 2017 total by more than 112,000 visits and setting another 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 2018 we averaged more than 4200 visits per day or over 128,000 visits per month. Our visitors generated nearly 26 million hits, viewed over 11 million files and 5.1 million pages and generated over 793 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, 2019
2019 Lecture Schedule
Speaking at the 1st Christian Church in Kokomo, Indiana - August 29, 2018
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I am including my upcoming 2019 lecture schedule in case I happen to be in your area. If so, please drop by and say hello. You might notice that this year's schedule is considerably smaller than last year's as I'm trying to spend less time "on the road." Of course, 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.
March 23, 2019 - I will be speaking at the Passion of Christ Conference - Shroud of Turin Retreat, held from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Toronto Pavilion, 190 Railside Road, Toronto, ON M3A 1A3, Canada. The event is sponsored and organized by the Ave Maria Centre of Peace. The other speaker scheduled for the event is my dear friend Fr. Andrew Dalton, LC, a brilliant Shroud scholar and a great speaker, so you might want to attend this one if you live in the area. Admission to the event is free but donations are gratefully accepted. Here is a link to the Event Website.
April 8 - 10, 2019 - I will again be speaking at the University Series™, an annual multi-parish adult education program held in Southern California each year during the Lenten season. This year, the event created and organized by my dear friend Fr. Dave Heney, has expanded to include 145 seminars in both Ventura County, where the series originated, and now in the Whittier area as well. The series connects faith with real life in areas such as current events, contemporary moral issues, evangelization, faith and science, marriage and family, church history, scripture and prayer. The 2019 season runs from March 6 to April 12 at thirteen different parishes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and three parishes in the Whittier area. I will make my first presentation on Monday, April 8th at 7:30-9:00 pm at the St. Dominic Savio Church in Bellflower. I make my second presentation on Wednesday, April 10th at 7:30-9:00 pm at St. Rose of Lima Church in Simi Valley. If you wish to learn more you can visit the University Series Website, which will be updated with the 2019 schedule on January 25, 2019. There you can review each topic and sign up for the sessions. Courses cost $5 per person to attend, but you can bring a friend for free!
April 13, 2019 - I will be making a keynote presentation at a special event titled, Shroud of Turin: An Examination, sponsored by the Shroud Center of Southern California. The event begins at 6:00pm at the world famous Crystal Cathedral, 12141 Lewis St, Garden Grove, CA 92840 and will feature myself and Fr. Robert Spitzer (host of Fr. Spitzer's Universe on EWTN) and will include presentations and a panel discussion. More information and tickets are available via the Shroud Center of Southern California website.
August 2 - 4, 2019 - I will once again be in England and speaking at the 53rd Annual Jalsa Salana Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Convention in Hampshire near Guildford. I will post more information as soon as it becomes available.
August 14 - 17, 2019 - I will be attending the 2019 International Shroud Conference at Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. More details soon.
Posted January 21, 2019
Updated February 19, 2019
Our Next Update
At this moment in time, I don't have an exact date for the next update, but I do know it will occur sometime in the Spring. My travel and lecture schedule is rather easy this year, so I should have more time available for updating the site. I do know for sure that it will include more issues of the CMS SINDONE Boletin, 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.
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Posted January 21, 2019