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Late Breaking Website News!
Updated March 4, 2021

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: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996

Special Update! March 4, 2021

Shroud On Television and Social Media April 3, 2021

Special Showing of the Shroud Announced by Archbishop of Turin
(Above link to Diocese of Turin Italian language announcement)

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Mons. Cesare Nosiglia, the Archbishop of Turin, announced that on Saturday, April 3, 2021, there will be an extraordinary veneration of the Shroud in the Turin Cathedral, which will be broadcast live around the world on television and on social media platforms. This is similar to the special event held last year in the early days of the pandemic. The news was released on the Santa Sindone Offical Shroud Website (in Italian) and formally by the Diocese of Turin (in Italian), so we are including an English translation of the latter article below, courtesy of Joe Marino. Note that the times mentioned in the article are local Turin time, so you will have to calculate the correct time in your own time zone. For example, 5:00pm Turin time is 11:00am EST (6 hour difference). We will update this article as soon as any new information or details become available.

Holy Saturday: prayer in front of the Shroud live on satellite TV and social media

Reprinted from the Diocesi di Torino Website - Wednesday 3 March 2021 - Msgr. Nosiglia made the announcement for April 3 at 5pm (live on social media from 4.30pm)

Wednesday 3 March 2021 - Msgr. Nosiglia announced that a special liturgy will be held in front of the Shroud on Saturday 3 April from 4.30 pm. [The full text of his communication is attached below].

"In these troubled times we need to nurture and communicate our hope. And for us believers the most effective way to increase the hope of the whole world is through common prayer, by kneeling before the Lord.

"For this reason we celebrate, also on Holy Saturday, the day of silence before the tomb of the Lord but also of the expectation of his resurrection, a special liturgy in front of the Shroud that reminds us of this event, the living center of our faith and our hope.

"The appointment is therefore for Saturday 3 April, at 5 pm, from the Turin Cathedral. The liturgy will be broadcast live on TV2000 and the signal will reach, via satellites, the whole world, thanks to the collaboration of the Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See and the Vatican Television Center. The live broadcast will be accompanied by a presence on social media, to allow the widest possible audience to participate in this moment. The live broadcast on social media will begin at 4.30 pm, with interventions and testimonies that prepare for the contemplation of the Shroud.

"The prayer in front of the Shroud in this 2021 is not a simple repetition of the one celebrated in 2020. Last year we were in a completely unknown emergency situation; today we are more aware of the difficulties we face and the commitments we can make. Above all, we have understood that our first strength lies in continuing life with courage and helping those who are in difficulty and need.

"The prayer from the Duomo will see the participation of the young Turinese involved in the journey of preparation, who will also offer some testimonies on the pain and hope that have characterized this last year.

"I again wanted to invite the representatives of the institutions of Turin and Piedmont, so that they represent the entire people of our lands before the Shroud. I remain convinced, in fact, that the Cloth is a reality that speaks to everyone, beyond the different cultural convictions and beyond the diversity of faith. The Shroud image, which Turin has kept for almost 5 centuries, testifies to pain and death but also - and with what greater force! - resurrection and eternal life which opens to charity, to the brotherhood of every person. Before the Shroud we can truly exclaim once again, with our hearts turned to the Lord: "your love is forever."

Mons.Cesare Nosiglia
Archbishop of Turin and Bishop of Susa

Posted March 4, 2021
Updated April 3, 2021

25th Anniversary Update! January 21, 2021

1978 In Black & White (Special Feature)

Welcome to the 25th Anniversary Update of! It is still hard for me to believe that 25 years have passed since I hit the "Send" button on January 21, 1996, and put online! It was my hope that this website could provide broader access to the actual science, which was not being reported accurately by the media and was not readily available to the general public. Little did I know that within two years, the internet would explode and change the world as we knew it. People often point out to me that we are the #1 organic search result for "Shroud of Turin" on Google. I have to remind them that we are two years older than Google! In retrospect, I believe the smartest thing I ever wrote was in the opening paragraph of our front page. It says, "We believe that if you have access to the facts, you can make up your own mind about the Shroud." After all these years, and with more than 2.2 million visits in 2020 alone, I still believe that presenting you with the most up-to-date Shroud information is our primary obligation and hope to continue this work for years to come. But we couldn't have done it without you, so thank you all for being there and your continued participation and ongoing support! Trust that you are all truly loved and appreciated.

This update is a bit different from our previous Anniversary issues. Noticeably absent is my 2021 Lecture Schedule, which I typically include in our January update, but my lectures this year have all been cancelled for obvious reasons. Since we are celebrating our 25th, I wanted to present you with something special, so we start this update with a Special Photo Feature sharing some never-before-published images from the 1978 STURP examination of the Shroud. Also included are links to a number of important new Shroud papers and books, the latest issues of Sindon and the BSTS Newsletter, an update from the Museum of the Bible, a memorial for an important member of the STURP team, links to many new websites, internet articles, videos, audios, podcasts and much more. One of the more difficult tasks in managing this website is trying to keep all the information on the site current. Over time, as the site grew and matured, some materials became obsolete or were no longer available. Although not mentioned elsewhere in this update, we just reviewed our Shroud Centers and Organizations page and brought all the entries there up to date. Also, our Website Store page has been updated and simplified to include only those items available directly from STERA, Inc. Enjoy the update, thanks again and stay safe! - Barrie Schwortz, Editor

Here is the Update Table of Contents:

1978 In Black & White (Special Feature)

1978 In Black & White

I spent considerable time over the past few months trying to think of something special I could include for our 25th Anniversary update, but nothing came to mind. Then I remembered something that has been stuck in the back of my mind for many years. Over three hundred of my photographs have been published since our 1978 examination of the Shroud and many are quite well known, but most of them represented only the color photographs I made during the event. However, throughout the 1978 examination I was using two Nikon 35mm SLRs to document the team at work and one of those cameras was always loaded with black & white film. With just a few exceptions, those black & white photographs have largely been ignored in favor of the color images and most have never been published, so I decided to put together a pdf gallery of images titled, 1978 In Black & White and share with you some of those "other" lesser known photographs. A small selection are from the "Dry Run" that was held in Amston, Connecticut, in September 1978, but most were taken in the Royal Palace during STURP's direct examination of the Shroud. The 55 photographs I selected include a variety of images of the team at work, portraits of some of the team members and their instruments and some behind-the-scenes moments you might find interesting. I have intentionally kept the captions short and simple so the images can speak for themselves. All these years later, I guess I'm still just a photographer at heart. Enjoy!

Posted January 21, 2021

UV Fluorescence - Digitally Revisited

UV Fluorescence Imagery of the Turin Shroud - Digitally Revisited
by Samuel Pellicori

As we reported in our November 7, 2020 update, Sam Pellicori detected some issues with the UV fluorescence photographs published on the website, which features the Shroud photographs made by the late Vernon D. Miller in 1978. (Sam was a member of the STURP team and worked directly with Vern in the taking of the photographs and was the co-author of their 1981 paper on that topic). Sam determined there was a problem with the color rendition of the UV fluorescence photographs and contacted Dr. Gilbert Lavoie, one of the sponsors of the site, to notify him of the problem. New digital scans were promptly made of the UV fluorescence images and these were digitally processed by Sam and our old friend, Michael Verbois, former Vice-president of Brooks Institute of Photography. I am happy to report that the updated images are now available on the Miller website. Here is a direct link to that page: UV Light Fluorescent Photos.

Sam also took the opportunity to update the UV fluorescence information based on the new scans of Vern's original film and the digital processing that was recently applied by Mike and compiled it into a new paper titled, UV Fluorescence Imagery of the Turin Shroud - Digitally Revisited, which was reviewed, accepted and recently published in the International Journal of Archaeology. This paper will also be archived on our Scientific Papers & Articles page (alphabetically by title) and our Website Library page (alphabetically by author). A special word of thanks to Sam, Gil and Mike for their efforts to make sure that the most accurate and up-to-date Shroud information is available to the public.

Posted January 21, 2021

Latest BSTS Newsletter Issue #92 Now Available

Latest BSTS Newsletter Issue #92 Now Available

Our good friend David Rolfe, Editor of the British Society for the Turin Shroud (BSTS) Newsletter, has informed us that Issue #92 is now available online. The Winter issue features articles by such notable Shroud scholars as Ian Wilson, Pam Moon and Jo Bywater, David Rolfe, Mark Guscin, Giorgio Bracaglia and Philippa Foster. Online issues are available by subscription only via the BSTS Newsletter website at the above links. We have also updated our BSTS Newsletter Archive page to include newsletter Issue #86. Currently, Issues #1 through #86 are available in the archives here on

Posted January 21, 2021

New Issue of Sindon + 2 More Early Issues + Index Added

Sindon Issue No. 0, January 2020
(Link to Sindon Online English Language Page)

We are happy to report that the latest issue of Sindon (No. 2), along with two more early issues, have recently been added to the Sindon online archive. This includes Issue N10 from April 1966 and Issue N11 from May 1967. In addition, the CISS has also added an Index that covers all the early issues. Just click on the INDEX SINDON link to open the pdf file. This latest issue features a memorial to the passing of beloved Shroud scholar Luigi Rodella by Mauro Labanca, a 1534 Report of the Poor Clares of Chambery and articles by Paolo di Lazzaro, Dr. Cheryl White, Enrico Simonato and more. To make it easy for viewers to access the journal, the CISS has kindly provided both English Language and Italian Language gateway pages on their website. The early issues are provided in pdf format and of course, are primarily in Italian, although all the new issues are presented in both Italian and English. The page continues to be updated with more of the earlier issues, so check back from time to time. Once again, our sincere thanks to all the people at the CISS for their ongoing efforts to preserve this important resource.

Posted January 21, 2021

A Dream Fulfilled

Kevin Moran with his 3-D Printers and his VP-8
(Link to Let Your Light Shine Art website)

Those of us that knew the late Kevin Moran, optical engineer and devoted Shroud scholar who passed away in 2019, know that he spent the last few years of his life working with several 3-D printers in a dedicated effort to create a small, three dimensional Shroud face that could be backlit and used as a night light. As he worked on what would become his final engineering project, I spoke with him regularly and he frequently expressed his frustration that his health issues were interfering with realizing his dream of making those night lights available to everyone. Sadly, he was just finalizing the work when he left us. Now, almost two years after his passing and thanks to the efforts of two of his daughters, Sheila Moran Stevens and Julie Moran Medearis, who took up the task of finishing what their father had begun, Kevin's dream has finally been fulfilled!

Today you can visit the Let Your Light Shine Art website where the fruits of Kevin's efforts are now available to everyone. The site was created with a loving touch that bears witness to the love his family had for him and the deep faith that Kevin expressed throughout his life. In addition to the night lights, the website also includes a Gallery of Shroud images, a page that tells Our Story and includes some additional photos of Kevin, links to other Shroud websites and much more.

[Editor's Note: Over the years as Kevin worked on this project, he sent me several prototypes, which now serve as night lights in my bedroom and bathroom. Unfortunately, these little back lit night lights are rather difficult to photograph (I know because I tried), so the images on the above website do not fully depict the night lights the way they appear in person, which is much more dramatic. Julie and Sheila plan to improve the photographs in the near future. One last note. The above photograph shows Kevin wearing a tee shirt that I sent him that expressed a tongue-in-cheek description of engineers. It states, "I'm an Engineer. To save some time, let's assume I'm never wrong!" We miss you Kevin!]

Posted January 21, 2021

Museum of the Bible Exhibit and Conference Postponed Until 2022

Museum of the Bible Exhibit and Conference
(Link to MOB Website)

As we reported in our January 21, 2020 and November 7, 2020 updates, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. is planning a major exhibit titled, Mystery & Faith: The Shroud of Turin. Originally scheduled for February 19 to August 1, 2021, the event has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues. The new dates are February 26, 2022 to July 31, 2022. In addition, the originally planned International Conference on the Shroud of Turin has also been postponed, but new dates have not yet been announced. The same is true of the closing dinner originally planned to honor three former STURP team members. We will keep you posted and update this notice as soon as new dates have been confirmed.

Posted January 21, 2021

In Memoriam

    Ernest 'Ernie' H. Brooks II

I am deeply saddened to report the passing of Ernest 'Ernie' H. Brooks II, on November 17, 2020, in Lacey, Washington. As President of Brooks Institute of Photography and a fellow member of the STURP photographic team, his passing touched me on a very personal level. Over the years, the passing of STURP team members has always been difficult for me. In many ways we were more than a team. We were like a family. So Ernie's passing hit me quite hard, even though I hadn't seen him in many years. When the late Vern Miller, head of the Scientific and Industrial Photographic Department at Brooks joined the STURP team, bringing with him then graduate student Mark Evans, Ernie immediately pledged the resources of the institute to assist in the research and became a member of the STURP team himself. As a graduate of Brooks Institute in 1971 and a part-time instructor at the institute for ten years myself, I had known Ernie for nearly fifty years. His knowledge, expertise and generous demeanor made him an important asset to the STURP team, both in Italy and at the institute in Santa Barbara, California. In the early 1980's, he sponsored and created a major exhibition of our team's Shroud photographs, which enjoyed many thousands of visitors before he presented the exhibit to Australian Shroud scholar Rex Morgan, who went on to tour the "Brooks Exhibit" throughout Australia and Asia. He was a legendary underwater photographer who worked with Jacques Cousteau and trained the photographers for Cousteau's famous research vessel "Calypso." His accomplishments are many more than we can list here, so I am including a few additional links below with some further insights into the man himself. We extend our sincerest sympathies and condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and the countless photographers around the world who were educated, influenced and touched by him throughout his life. Rest in peace Ernie. Thank you for all that you did for all of us.

Barrie Schwortz
Posted January 21, 2021

Recently Published Papers & Articles

A revised, natural explanation for the Shroud of Turin image:
creation of a composite Maillard reaction by Kelly Kearse

As always, many new papers and articles have been published in recent months and we are including many of them here along with some earlier papers that you might find interesting. The papers are listed chronologically, with the most recent paper at the top of the list. All have also been permanently archived on the Scientific Papers & Articles page (alphabetically by title) and the Website Library page (alphabetically by author) or, when appropriate, on the Religion and Philosophy page (alphabetically by title) and the Website Library page (alphabetically by author). Note that we are only including links to a few papers on this page, but are continuing the list of new paper links in a separate PDF file named, "Recently Published Papers & Articles - January 2021," that you can download below and view at your leisure. Items are listed in chronological order with the most recent at the top of the list.

This update features two new papers that indicate a renewal of interest in the Maillard reaction theory originally proposed by the late Ray Rogers in 2004, in a paper titled, The Shroud of Turin: An Amino-Carbonyl Reaction (Maillard Reaction) May Explain The Image Formation. American Shroud researcher Kelly Kearse and two Italian Shroud researchers, Giovanni Fazio and Giuseppe Mandaglio, independently decided, coincidentally at around the same time, to reinvestigate Rogers claims. We are leading off with their latest papers.

Posted January 21, 2021

Recently Published Books

Recently Published Books

A number of new Shroud related books have recently been published. We are listing them here but have also permanently archived the new titles on the Shroud of Turin Booklist page (alphabetically by author). To make it easy to find the newest additions, we have annotated their listings with "(Added January 21, 2021)" so you can simply search for that phrase on the Booklist page should you forget the titles.

What Christ Suffered by Thomas W. McGovern, M.D.

Here is part of a brief note sent to me by the author: "While we used images of the Shroud that STERA provided, I do not base any conclusions on the Shroud. In other words, I did not want to make this a book about the authenticity of the shroud. I bring in the shroud to either show how other evidence supports the authenticity of the shroud OR I say 'If the shroud is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, then we also know 'x'..." Here is an excerpt from the book's online description:

"...While we know that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem around A.D. 33, the details of his sufferings and death have been confused and obscured over the past two millennia. In What Christ Suffered: A Doctor's Journey Through the Passion, Dr. Thomas W. McGovern provides the most accurate, up-to-date understanding of the physical sufferings of Jesus Christ, drawing on ancient Greek and Latin literature about crucifixion, discoveries of ancient images, archaeology, medical reenactment studies, and medical case reports..."

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (January 15, 2021)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1681925761
ISBN-13: 978-1681925769

Raised on the Third Day edited by W. David Beck and Michael R. Licona

This book is a compilation of essays by invited authors that was created and published to honor the career and accomplishments of Dr. Gary R. Habermas, noted author, Professor of Apologetics and co-author with Ken Stevenson of the 1981 book, Verdict on the Shroud. He is also an old friend. It includes two essays specifically about the Shroud: "The Image on the Shroud: A Best Explanations Approach" by Mark W. Foreman and "The History and Current State of Modern Shroud Research" by Barrie M. Schwortz. [Editor's Note: My essay was written and delivered in 2019 so a few comments may already be out of date]. Here is an excerpt from the online description:

"Gary R. Habermas is one of the most influential Christian philosophers and apologists of the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. His life’s work has focused on matters pertaining to the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, and it is widely agreed that Habermas is the foremost authority on the subject. This festschrift is a tribute to that work."

Paperback: 392 pages
Publisher: Lexham Press (November 23, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1683594320
ISBN-13: 978-1683594321

Sindòn The mysterious Shroud of Turin: Essay by Guido Pagliarino & Nanni Marsili (Translator)

This link is to the Kindle Edition format of the book, but it is also available in a paperback version. Here is an excerpt from the online description:

“This essay divulges what the research has established about the famous Shroud of Turin, and it is not intended to persuade to believe that the Cloth of Turin really wrapped the body of Christ a couple of thousands year ago...”

Kindle File size: 6931 KB
Print length: 211 pages
Publication Date: November 11, 2020
Publisher: Tektime (November 11, 2020)
Language: English

The Turin Shroud: Physical Evidence of Life After Death? (With Insights from a Jewish Perspective) by Mark Niyr

The author has graciously provided a Free PDF version of the book exclusively for viewers of You can also view a short YouTube promotional video for the book. Our good friend Peter Soons wrote: "Well written and accessible for every reader. I consider the book an excellent introduction in the world of sindonology and especially the chapters where he quotes the Talmud and lots of other Jewish sources with information that I have not found in the literature until now." Here is an excerpt from the online description:

"The Turin Shroud is an intriguing scientific journey exploring one of the greatest mysteries of the world. It has captivated the curiosity of international scientists, as well as religious and non-religious inquirers. Hopefully, this book will elucidate insights which a casual observer may not think to consider, thereby enabling nonscientists to grasp the significance of findings that so astounds the scientific community. The Jewish perspective is also unique and intriguing. It elicits important insights: placing events and transporting readers into its historical context with surprising results. All facts have been meticulously documented with hundreds of notes and references..."

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing (November 2, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634988078
ISBN-13: 978-1634988070

Posted January 21, 2021

Shroud Related Videos and Audios

The Shroud of Turin - The Evidence of Authenticity
By Jesse Simpson (Link to 1:43:30 Vimeo video)

Once again, we have an interesting selection of Shroud related videos that feature a number of interviews with or presentations by notable Shroud scholars including, Russ Breault, Joe Marino, Bob Rucker, Pastor Caspar McCloud and many more. Since there were too many to include on this page, we have once again created a separate pdf file that includes all of the links and descriptions in a single file that you can download and view at your convenience (see link below). Items are listed in chronological order with the most recent at the top of the list.

Posted January 21, 2021

The Shroud on the Internet

Acheiropoieta by Marco Grassi

Once again, there was a lot of Shroud related content on the internet over the holidays. Of course, we can't include everything on this page, or you would be scrolling forever, so we have once again created a separate pdf file that includes all of the links and descriptions in a single file that you can download and view at your convenience (see link below). Items are listed in chronological order with the most recent at the top of the list.

Posted January 21, 2021

Our Next Update

Truthfully, it is impossible to know at this moment exactly when the next website update will go online. It will be sometime in the Spring, but no dates have yet been determined. As always, the next update will include the latest papers, books, articles, podcasts, videos and 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 to keep you informed between our regular website updates. You can also join our Website Mailing List and receive an e-mail whenever the site is updated (3 or 4 times per year) or any important Shroud news breaks. We hope you find this update interesting and informative and look forward to seeing you again in the Spring.

Barrie Schwortz
Editor & Founder,
President, STERA, Inc.

Posted January 21, 2021

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