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Updated March 1, 2015





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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New Shroud Documentary Premieres Today, March 1, 2015

New CNN Shroud Documentary

A new documentary on the Shroud of Turin airs today on CNN in the premiere episode of their new six-part series titled "Finding Jesus."Among those interviewed are STURP co-founder Dr. John Jackson and noted Shroud scholar, lecturer and STERA, Inc. Board Member, Russ Breault, along with many others. STERA, Inc. also provided a number of still photographs that were included in the program. Check your local listings for times in your area. Sorry for the late notice, but I was traveling and lecturing this past week and just returned last night. The program was announced several weeks ago and has been heavily promoted on CNN and other networks ever since. We posted a notice about it on our Facebook page on February 8th. Although it has not yet even aired (as of this writing), it has already sparked heated debate on the internet. Our normal policy with new Shroud programs is to let you know about them but wait until we actually see the program before praising or criticizing it. Of course, we also hope to include some qualified reviews of the program in our next update, sometime in April.

Having participated in many Shroud documentaries myself, I have come to regard them all with the proverbial "grain of salt," and have written several articles and editorials cautioning everyone not to take these programs too seriously or get too upset when they don't get things right. In fact, I wrote an article in 2013 describing my behind-the-scenes participation in a Smithsonian Channel program and thought it might be appropriate to reprint an excerpt from it here today, in case you missed it.

"...I should first remind everyone that this is a television program we are talking about and not a scientific paper or journal article. As I have said countless times before in articles and editorials, a television documentary is not the best place to obtain accurate Shroud information. Documentaries must first be entertaining or networks will reject them. Many directors on many documentary shoots have said to me, "Let’s not get too technical!" You also have to remember that many hours of footage were made during course of the production before it was edited into the 44 minute program you now see. Getting the full story (and getting it right) in an entertaining 44 minutes is not an easy task, and the resulting program will not only reflect these legitimate time restraints but also any biases (or lack of understanding) on the part of the producers, writers, director and editor. They are neither scientists nor sindonologists themselves nor do they have a vested interest in the Shroud. They spend the time to do their research, write a script, produce a professional quality program and then move on. By their nature, documentaries can only, at best, give us a tiny glimpse into what is truly a complex topic. You try to explain the Shroud to someone in less than an hour!..." (Read more...)

Barrie Schwortz
Posted March 1, 2015


Shroud.com Celebrates 19th Anniversary January 21, 2015

Welcome to our 19th Anniversary Update! You may have noticed (if you entered through our Home Page), that we have replaced the black & white ventral Shroud photograph that has graced our front page for the past 19 years with a larger color photograph of the entire Shroud taken in 1978. We hope you like the new look.

This update includes some very important new materials. Not only have we included four more issues of Shroud Spectrum International (with only 2 remaining to complete the archive of 42 regular issues), but we have also included a new Author Index and Title Index to make researching the journal even easier for everyone. We have also included a new feature titled "From the Crispino Archives" that includes eight older Shroud articles going back to 1902 that Dorothy thought were important enough to have scanned by her friend Mark D. Williams, who created the indices, did the scanning and graciously shared them with us. This update also includes the latest (December 2014 #80) issue of the BSTS Newsletter and much more.

I still marvel that 19 years have passed since the site first went online in 1996. Each year I write this introduction to our anniversary update with the intention of saying something new and fresh, but every year I find myself coming back to the same theme: This website would not be possible were it not for the cooperation and participation of all of the researchers, historians, scientists and scholars in the world who have allowed us to publish their work over the years, our gracious donors whose contributions help fund our efforts and all of our loyal viewers (more than 940,000 of you in 2014) who visit the site regularly and read millions of our pages! You make our work truly satisfying and worthwhile. Thank You! - Barrie Schwortz, Editor

Here is the Update Table of Contents:

Posted January 21, 2015

Four More Issues of Shroud Spectrum International Added to Archives + New Author and Title Indices and More!

Shroud Spectrum International No. 35/36

We are very pleased to present you with four more issues of Shroud Spectrum International (the first and only peer reviewed journal dedicated solely to the study of the Shroud), bringing us up to Issue #40. With only 42 regular issues ever published, we should complete the archive and include the last two issues in our next update. That will leave only 2002's The Orphaned Manuscript by Alan D. Adler, which was considered a "Special Issue" when published, and which will become the final entry to the archive. Of course, this is only possible thanks to the late Dorothy Crispino, the founder and editor of the journal, who gave us permission to reprint it here on this website, along with the extraordinary efforts of Stephen E. Jones, BSTS Member living in Western Australia, who graciously volunteered to do all the scanning and optical character recognition (a massive amount of work) and Ian Wilson, who provided Stephen with the original issues and valuable input.

Shortly after Dorothy's passing on August 16, 2014, we received an e-mail from her friend and colleague Mark D. Williams. He had corresponded with Dorothy some years earlier and did some digital scanning for her as well. Here is an excerpt:

"I noticed recently your tribute to Dorothy and remembered I had had some correspondence with her about ten years ago. I had created an Author and Title Index for the Spectrum which she said she planned to hand out when people bought back copies and to share freely. I don't know if you ever got copies. I am attaching those here and if you find it appropriate, I would love it if you would consider putting them on Shroud.com as my tribute to Dorothy. What a wonderful lady... I also had some old articles that Dorothy had sent me which I had volunteered to scan for her and convert to pdfs. I will attach those in a separate email if they may be of any interest to you or anyone."

Our sincerest thanks to Mark for sending these to us, and what a wonderful tribute they are! We have now included the Author and Title Indices on the Shroud Spectrum International page so they are available to everyone as a handy reference to Spectrum's content when researching the Shroud. We are also including a new section on the Spectrum page titled Articles from the Crispino Archives, with links to Mark's scans of some of the early articles that Dorothy found important. Thank you for sharing Mark!

Speaking of sharing, our friend and noted French Shroud researcher Sébastien Cataldo, who is in the business of converting materials to e-books professionally, has graciously converted the Premiere Issue of Shroud Spectrum International into e-pub Format and mobi Format (designed specifically for tablets and mobile devices) so we could make them available freely here on Shroud.com. These files can also be opened on your computer if you have the appropriate e-book reader software installed (both free downloads). Our sincere thanks to Sébastien, who can be reached directly via his French language website: www.ebook-creation.fr.

Posted January 21, 2015

BSTS December 2014 Newsletter Issue No. 80 Now Online

BSTS Newsletter No. 80

We are happy to report that the British Society for the Turin Shroud page has been updated and the latest December 2014 Issue No. 80 of the BSTS Newsletter is now online. This issue includes excellent articles by noted Shroud researchers like David Rolfe, Dr. John Scotson and Hugh Farey, the newsletter's Editor. It also includes overviews of several recent Shroud conferences, an update on the 2015 exposition, reviews of several new papers and much more. If you are a subscriber to the printed newsletter (and we hope you are), you should be receiving your issue shortly. Due to the holidays, the issue was not mailed until the beginning of January. Our congratulations to newsletter Editor Hugh Farey on his third issue!

Posted January 21, 2015

Update on the 2015 Shroud Exposition

Link to Online Reservation System

The Turin authorities recently reported that, by the end of 2014, around 400,000 people had already made their reservations to see the Shroud, which goes on public display between April 19 and June 24, 2015. If you plan to go, you can use the link to the Archdiocese of Turin Online Reservation System and make your own reservations for the exact dates and times you wish to visit. If you are going with a tour group, the tour organizers will make the reservations for you so you do not need to make reservations yourself. If you haven't yet decided, you can view a number of different tour options (or create your own itinerary) from a variety of professional tour companies listed on our Tours To Turin: The 2015 Exposition page.

It has also been announced that Pope Francis will be visiting Turin to see the Shroud and commemorate the anniversary of Don Bosco on June 21, 2015. He will also celebrate a public Mass in Piazza Vittorio, adjacent to the Cathedral and Royal Palace of Turin. Please note that the Cathedral will be closed for his visit and no reservations are available on that day, so you won't get to see the Shroud, but you can attend the public Mass and see Pope Francis.

If you are traveling on your own rather than as part of a tour, there are some other interesting sights related to the Shroud in Turin that you might want to visit. The most important of these is the Museo della Sindone (Museum of the Shroud), which is within walking distance of the Cathedral and contains many historical Shroud related artifacts, including the silver casket that served as the Shroud's reliquary for hundreds of years, and the Basilica Superga, which contains the Royal Crypt of the Savoy family. You can read more about and see photographs of these and other Turin sights in the GALLERY section of our Tours To Turin: The 2015 Exposition page.

Posted January 21, 2015

Tours to Turin: The 2015 Exposition - Page Updated

Tours to Turin: The 2015 Exposition

Our Tours to Turin: The 2015 Exposition page has been updated and now includes listings and links for eight different professional tour companies offering a variety of tours to visit the Shroud during the public exhibition later this year. However, the deadline for booking tours with these providers is rapidly approaching and most will close their reservations by March 1, 2015. So take a look at the various tours being offered or contact any of the companies directly if you prefer to create your own itinerary.

As we mentioned in earlier updates, STERA, Inc. is working directly with Canterbury Pilgrimages (for the fourth time since 1998) and will meet with some of their tour groups when they arrive in Turin. I typically have meals and spend some quality time in conversation with each group, give each a private two hour presentation and then go to see the Shroud with them the following day. It gives everyone the opportunity to get to know me a little better and me the opportunity to finally meet some of our website viewers in person. Not only that, but those who participate in one of these special pilgrimages will receive a receipt for a tax deductible contribution for a portion of their tour costs directly from STERA, Inc., as this will serve as our primary fund raising project for the year. I spoke with Gregory Sylvain, Canterbury's Director of Marketing today and he reports that the tours are filling up fast and they will stop taking reservations after February 28, 2015. I hope to see some of you in Turin!

Posted January 21, 2015

Recently Published

Once again, a large number of new materials have been published since our last update. We are including links to many of them here and this time they include new print books, e-books, books on DVD-ROMs, papers, television programs, videos and websites! Enjoy!

Books

The Coming of the Quantum Christ
by John C. Klotz

In early October 2014, our good friend John Klotz released his new book, The Coming of the Quantum Christ (see our October 5, 2014 article for a description), but only in several e-book formats, so it would be available in time for the St. Louis Conference taking place later that month. John has now completed preparing the print version, which is available directly from CreateSpace. The profusely illustrated book is also now available in a wide range of e-book and other digital formats (like pdf, text or html) via the Smashwords website.


The Rape of the Turin Shroud
by William Meacham

The full title of William Meacham's 2005 controversial book is The Rape of the Turin Shroud: How Christianity's most precious relic was wrongly condemned, and violated, and it has just been made available in a number of e-book formats. The book provides a detailed account of the two major events affecting the Shroud in the last 30 years, namely the C14 dating and the "restoration." You can now obtain a Kindle version from Amazon.com, a Nook version from Barnes & Noble or an e-Pub version from Lulu.com. It is also available in the iBook format on the iBookstore (no link available).


Den Sikrede Seieren
(The Secured Victory)
by Kjell Arne Morland

Noted Norwegian author Kjell Arne Morland is a priest living in Melhus, Norway, who has published a Norwegian language book in pdf format titled Den Sikrede Seieren (The Secured Victory) which deals with "the trustworthyness of the Resurrection of Christ" and makes mention of the Shroud in several chapters. He presents four types of "evidences", and the most important of them is the trustworthyness of the Gospel narratives (chapter D) and the Turin Shroud (chapter E). If you read Norwegian, you can download the free pdf format book at the above links.


Der Kern der Dinge ist ihr Schein
Gehe nie vom Weg ab, der zum Ziel führt
(The heart of the matter is its light
Never go off the path that leads to the goal)
by Rudolf Berwanger

This 766 page German language book, Der Kern der Dinge ist ihr Schein (The heart of the matter is its light) by our good friend Rudolf Berwanger, is only available on DVD-ROM. You can order the DVD or freely download and read individual pdf files (and images) from the book at the above links. Here is a brief description: "This book reveals the secret of the Holy Grail, which communicates the core point with the second coming of Jesus Christ, as proven by the secret deciphered in the Ghent Altarpiece images. It also proves that the image of the crucified Man on the Turin Shroud actually is Jesus Christ, openly revealed to us in this relic..." (Originally added to the Shroud Booklist 1 Dec 2014)


Papers and Articles

How was the Turin Shroud Man crucified?
M. Bevilacqua, G. Fanti, M. D’Arienzo,
A. Porzionato, V. Macchi, R. De Caro

How was the Turin Shroud Man Crucified? by M. Bevilacqua, G. Fanti, M. D’Arienzo, A. Porzionato, V. Macchi, and R. De Caro was recently published in the journal Injury, Volume 45, Supplement 6, December 2014, Pages S142–S148. This link to the paper is via Science Direct. We have also added a permanent link to the article on the Scientific Papers & Articles and Website Library pages of the site. Here is a brief excerpt from the Abstract:

As the literature is not exhaustive with reference to the way the Turin Shroud (TS) Man was crucified, and it is not easy to draw significant information from only a “photograph” of a man on a linen sheet, this study tries to add some detail on this issue based on both image processing of high resolution photos of the TS and on experimental tests on arms and legs of human cadavers.


What Went Wrong With the Shroud’s Radiocarbon Date? Setting it all in Context by Paul C. Maloney

What Went Wrong With the Shroud’s Radiocarbon Date? Setting it all in Context by Paul C. Maloney, is actually not a new paper (as it was originally presented at the 2008 Ohio Shroud Conference), but it was never available online. In fact it was only recently posted on Dan Porter's Shroud blog. As Paul states in his newly updated foreward, "I had requested that this paper not be published with the 2008 Ohio Conference papers because there were some questions about the nature and history of cotton I wanted to explore before doing so." Paul has since completed his research and this updated version of the paper is the result. We have also added a permanent link to the paper from our Ohio Conference page.


Bl Sebastian Valfrč: The Black Thread, Reweave, and Unravelling the Shroud by Pam Moon

Our dear friend Pam Moon continues her research with a new article she recently published on her Shroud of Turin Exhibition website titled, Bl Sebastian Valfrč: The Black Thread, Reweave, and Unravelling the Shroud. Here is a brief excerpt from her article: "I was delighted to discover from Emanuela Marinelli and Will Meacham that the large black thread was probably stitched in 1694 by Bl Sebastian Valfrč. The invisible reweave hypothesis of Joe Marino and Sue Benford supported by Donna Campbell may refer to two or three different episodes of stitch repair and Bl Sebastian’s repair was one episode."


Television and Video

Secrets of the Bible - The Turin Shroud

A new Shroud documentary titled "The Turin Shroud" aired on January 4th on the American Heroes Channel (AHC) here in the U.S. as part of their Secrets of the Bible series. The program description on the AHC website was rather minimal ("Is the Turin Shroud real or a fake? An Italian Professor believes he has the answer.") and it turned out that the professor in question was none other than our friend, Giulio Fanti! The program provided the viewer with some personal insights into Giulio and what motivated him to begin his research on the Shroud, along with a good overview of the earlier science performed by the STURP team. It also included interviews with John Jackson, co-founder of STURP and Pamela Moon, Shroud researcher from the U.K. It then went on to review Giulio's recent research into image formation and his personal beliefs about the Shroud. As AHC is one of the Discovery Networks, I am sure it will be airing on other channels around the world in the near future, so watch your local listings for its availability.


The Shroud of Turin in Fifteen Minutes by Russ Breault

STERA, Inc. Board Member Russ Breault recently posted The Shroud of Turin in Fifteen Minutes video to YouTube, in which he clearly (and brilliantly) explains the basics and shares his personal views about the Shroud of Turin. As most of you know, Russ is one of the top speakers on the Shroud here in the U.S. and no one does it better! Consider this another great presentation from a great presenter! See the Websites section below for even more from Russ.


The Conspiracy Show with Richard Syrett - The Shroud of Turin

Once you get past the title, this Canadian television program features pro authenticity Shroud experts Dr. Andrew Silverman (England) and Dr. Gary Chiang (Canada) debating several Shroud sceptics on the authenticity of the Shroud and whether or not it proves the Resurrection. After viewing the program, the audience is given the opportunity to vote "Yes" or "No" on the question. We thought you might like to watch and decide for yourself. On a side note, Dr. Chiang's interview was filmed in front of one of STERA, Inc's lifesize Shroud replicas.


Websites

Shroud University Website

ShroudUniversity.com is an academic site hosted by Russ Breault as part of The Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. The primary function of Shroud University is to provide streaming video for major Shroud Conferences held over the years. For anyone who has attempted to access this site in the past and had trouble with the video stream, all videos are now hosted on YouTube and should easily stream on all computers (Apple and PC) and on all browsers. Here are links to the specific Shroud Conferences Russ has archived:


Ariel Agemian, K.S.G.

Ariel Agemian, K.S.G. is the new website for the Armenian artist, Ariel Agemian. Published by the artist's daughter, Annig Agemian-Raley, the site offers visitors the opportunity to review the artist's work, learn more about his background and history and order reprints online. Of course, the site features his most famous artwork, the very popular "Face of Christ"ť based on the Shroud of Turin. In 2011 we published two articles by Annig, an Ariel Agemian Biography and More On Ariel Agemian. We are also including a link to the new site on our Links To More Information page.

Posted January 21, 2015

Backlit Transparencies in PhotoGlow Frames are Back!

For most of last year our Website Store page showed our Backlit Transparencies in PhotoGlow Frames and our Lifesize Photographs listed as either "Temporarily Not Available" or "Temporarily Out of Stock." That was because, after nearly 36 years, the changing technologies in the imaging world finally caught up with us. Not many professional laboratories still offer photographic prints or transparencies made using the older, analog technology. Everthing is moving to digital imaging and older technologies (like those based on light sensitive photographic emulsions) are fading quickly into history. Both Kodak and Fuji have discontinued making most films and the majority of professional laboratories have shifted over to digital printing techniques, which are more economical, efficient, environmentally safer and offer printing onto a much broader range of surfaces. Consequently, we had to perform a complete series of tests on all the prints and transparencies we offer and the materials we print them on to insure that the image quality using the new technologies remains just as good as the older photographic techniques.

We are very happy to announce that we have now completed the testing on most of the images we offer and have found the new techniques and materials to be just as good (or maybe even better) than the "old days." So the Backlit Transparencies in PhotoGlow Frames and the Lifesize and Half-Lifesize prints and transparencies are available again. We truly appreciate your patience!

Posted January 21, 2015

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. last year. Your generosity, friendship and continued support are truly needed and deeply appreciated.

STERA, Inc. held their second annual Board of Directors meeting on Sunday, December 21, 2014. Due to the holiday season, the meeting was limited to several important topics. We first reviewed a request from a noted Shroud researcher for access to some of STERA, Inc.'s materials, which was unanimously approved by the board. The next order of business was a discussion of the upcoming 2015 Shroud Exposition in Turin and the details of STERA, Inc's involvement with Canterbury Tours (for the 4th time since 1998) and my meeting with their tour groups in Turin. This will serve as our major fundraising event of the year. Some of the details are still being finalized, but several tours are already scheduled (see the Tours to Turin: The 2015 Exposition page for details) and more will be added in the coming weeks. I also presented the 2014 Financial Report as of the date of the meeting.

Once again, thank you for your support last year! Our best wishes to you and yours for a joyous and healthy New Year!

Barrie Schwortz
President
Posted January 21, 2015

Visit Us On Facebook

STERA, Inc. on Facebook

In case you missed it, STERA, Inc. is on Facebook and we try to update our page frequently. Due to my travel and lecture schedule, it is not always possible for me to update the website when new items come up on short notice, but it is fast and easy for me to post a short message or some important new links on our Facebook page, no matter where I am in the world. So check the page from time to time to see what's new and like us to let us know you care!

Posted January 21, 2015

Lecture Schedule for 2015

Barrie Schwortz Lecturing at St. John's University in Queens, New York - February 24, 2014 - Sketch ©2014 Prof. Tom Kerr

My spring lecture schedule is dramatically abbreviated this year due to the upcoming public exhibition of the Shroud, as I will be in Turin for a few weeks in May and will need some extra time to prepare for that event. Consequently, I have scheduled a number of my lectures in the fall. Since viewers often write me asking where and when I might be giving Shroud presentations, I am again including my upcoming schedule in case I happen to be in your area. If so, please drop by and say hello. Please understand that many of the times and venues are still not finalized and are subject to change. I will do my best to update them before the events if possible. I also want to extend a special thanks to Prof. Tom Kerr, from the Art Department at St. John's University, for creating and sharing with us the great sketch he made of my lecture at the university last year (see above). Thanks Tom! [Note: Dates below include travel days].

Posted January 21, 2015

Some Interesting Statistics

Website Statistics for 2014

Just in case you are interested, in calendar year 2014 Shroud.com had more than 940,000 visitors (up 140,000 from last year and averaging over 2575 visitors per day) that generated nearly 15 million hits, viewed 13.5 million files, viewed 3 million pages and generated 633 GB of bandwidth! You can see the details for yourself by clicking on the above graphic. We hope to reach 1 million visitors this year with your help (so share us with your friends) and we thank each and every one of you for your continued support and participation!

Posted January 21, 2015

The Next Update

At this moment it is difficult to determine the exact date of the next update, as I am still in the last throes of finishing this one! However, based on my travel schedule through the spring and the upcoming Shroud Exposition, the next update will probably go online sometime in April, and certainly before I leave for Italy in May. Of course, we will keep you updated on the exhibition and will post any other breaking Shroud news as soon as it becomes available. I can tell you for sure that the next update will include the last two regular issues of Shroud Spectrum International, thus completing the archive, and of course, much more. So thank you for being there, stay warm and we'll see you in the Spring!

Posted January 21, 2015

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