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Updated January 21, 2018





Check here for important announcements and other Shroud of Turin Website news. This page will be updated whenever new page additions, articles and other resources are added to the site. Each item carries a posting date indicating when it first went online. The most recent update appears at the top of the page. As you scroll down through the page, you can review the items that were added this year in chronological order. You should find this an excellent way to sample the evolving content of this website. And you can also view every previous year's Website News pages at the links below:

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22nd Anniversary Update! January 21, 2018

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

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

Here is the Update Table of Contents:


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

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

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

Posted January 21, 2018

Special Shroud Exhibition Approved by Pope Francis

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

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

Posted January 21, 2018

In Memoriam

    Diana Andry Fulbright

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

Barrie Schwortz

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



In Memoriam

    Dr. Alan D. Whanger

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

Barrie Schwortz

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

Rex Morgan
Australia

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

Emanuela Marinelli
Italy

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

Phil Dayvault
Raleigh, North Carolina

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In Memoriam

    Remi G. Dubuque

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

Barrie Schwortz

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

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

News From STERA, Inc.

Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, Inc.

First, I want to extend a sincere "thank you" to all of our friends and supporters who made contributions to STERA, Inc. during our recent fundraising campaign. Your generosity, friendship and continued support are truly needed and deeply appreciated!

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

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

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

Shroud News

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

Posted January 21, 2018

BSTS Newsletter Has New Editor and New Website

Link to New BSTS Newsletter Website and Online Forum

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

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

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

Posted January 21, 2018
Updated January 24, 2018

Shroud Exhibit Coming to Ohio

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

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

Posted January 21, 2018

Recently Published Books

Recently Published Books

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

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

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

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

Portrait of Mary Based on the Shroud

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

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

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

Posted January 21, 2018

1,426,253 Visits in 2017!

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

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

Posted January 21, 2018

2018 Lecture Schedule

Speaking to grades 1-5 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - April 25, 2014
(Click for larger view)

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

Posted January 21, 2018
Updated February 16, 2018

Last Minute Items

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


Papers from the Pasco, Washington Shroud Conference

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


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

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

Posted January 21, 2018

Our Next Update

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

Barrie Schwortz
President, STERA, Inc.

Posted January 21, 2018

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