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Welcome to the Shroud of Turin Website Library page. It is your expanded guide to the in depth content available on this website and also serves as a partial site map . Each Library "Gateway Page" listed below covers a specific area of Shroud information. A description of what is on each page is provided below, along with a direct link to the page itself. Many Gateway Pages include secondary links to articles, images and other websites. Most of these important secondary links are also included below, so you can bypass the Gateway Page if you wish and go to the item of your choice directly from the Website Library. As the content of this site grows, this should make finding specific information much simpler. Please note that some pages are not listed here and are only available via the Main Menu.

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Shroud of Turin Education & Research Association, Inc. (STERA, Inc.) (En Español)

This page provides an overview and serves as an introduction to STERA, Inc. and explains its goals and intentions. Just click on the page title above to find secondary links to STERA's Mission Statement, Board of Directors, instructions for Mailing Tax Deductible Contributions and a link to the Secure Online Contribution Form where you can safely make your tax deductible contribution online using a debit or credit card.


The 1978 Scientific Examination

This page presents an overview of the first ever in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud of Turin by an international group of researchers in 1978. Go to the Gateway Page to read about the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP), the American group that performed many of the tests and to view 12 photographs taken during the 5 days and nights of the event. The secondary links included below are to important additional information and photographs.


The 1997 Fire

This page describes the April 12, 1997 fire that damaged the Guarini Chapel, the Turin Cathedral and the Royal Palace and seriously threatened the Shroud. Included are 22 photographs illustrations and video of the dramatic rescue of the Shroud by Turin firefighter Mario Trematore.


British Society for the Turin Shroud

This page provides a Table of Contents to the British Society for the Turin Shroud Newsletter and includes links to the full text of every issue. You will also find other BSTS information including more about the Society itself. Click on the page title above for direct links to each issue and every article.


Collegamento pro Sindone

This is a Gateway page to English translations of selected articles originally published in Italian in Collegamento pro Sindone. You can also find out more about the Collegamento pro Sindone organization and the individuals who produce this publication. The page also includes links to the Collegamento pro Sindone Website. Secondary links are provided below.


Comments on the 2002 Restoration of the Shroud

On June 20 - July 22, 2002, a small group of textile experts, headed by Mechtild Fleury-Lemberg of Switzerland, performed a dramatic and radical "restoration" of the Shroud under the auspices of the Archbishop of Turin and his advisors at the Turin Center for Shroud Studies, and with the full permission of the Vatican. They perform this restoration in secret, without consulting any of the world's Shroud experts (including most of their own advisors) that could have contributed important scientific guidance to ensure that no valuable scientific or historical data was lost or damaged during the restoration. Made public in September 2002, the "restoration" sets off a firestorm of controversy, criticism, debate and recrimination that ultimately engulfs, polarizes and divides the Shroud research community. On this page, fourteen noted Shroud experts express their own opinions of the restoration.


Countries That Have Visited This Website

This page includes a list of countries representing all of the viewers of this website. It is updated each time the site has visitors from a "new" country.


Religion and Philosophy

This Gateway Page includes articles that deal with the religious and philosophical issues raised by the Shroud of Turin. It provides a brief description of each article and some background on its author. It also includes a link to the "Submission Requirements" page of the site, where contributors will find detailed instructions for the preparation and submission of articles. Click on the title above to go directly to the page. On the page itself, the papers and articles are listed alphabetically, by TITLE. Secondary links below take you directly to each specific article, bypassing the Gateway Page. They are listed here alphabetically, by AUTHOR.


Scientific Papers & Articles

This Gateway Page provides a brief description of each scientific paper or article and some background on its author. It also includes a link to the "Submission Requirements" page of the site, where contributors will find detailed instructions for the preparation and submission of papers and articles. Click on the title above to go directly to the page. On the page itself, the papers and articles are listed alphabetically, by TITLE. Secondary links below take you directly to each specific paper or article, bypassing the Gateway Page. They are listed here alphabetically, by AUTHOR. Note that some of the secondary links are to other websites. When visiting these links, you will need to use your browser's "back" button to return to this website.


Shroud Booklist

This regularly updated page includes a list of over 1200 books about the Shroud of Turin written in many different languages and listed alphabetically, by author. Click on the page title above to search the list. Also included is a link to a free, downloadable zipped version of the entire list in four different formats.


Shroud Books Online

This page includes brief synopses and direct links to some of the many books about the Shroud of Turin that are currently available online.


Shroud Centers & Organizations

This page provides a listing of Shroud Centers and organizations, worldwide, by country. Included are centers from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Italy, Mexico and Spain. Click on the page title above.


Shroud Conferences & Symposia

This page provides an overview of many Conferences and Symposia on the Shroud of Turin. A secondary link is provided to each specific conference page where you will find a detailed program listing the names and papers of all of the speakers. Links to many conference websites, papers and presentations are also included where available.

  • The II International Congress on the Holy Shroud - University of Lima (Peru) August 31 to September 2, 2010

    This conference was organized by the Lima Catholic Studies Center (CEC-Lima) and “Accion Universitaria.” The speakers included scholars well know in the Shroud world: Dr. Bruno Barberis, associate professor of mathematical physics at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Turin and since 2002, Director of the International Center for Studies on the Shroud in Turin; Fr. Manuel Carreira S.J.. Doctor of Physics, philosopher and theologian and member of the Vatican Astronomical Observatory, professor at Carroll University, Cleveland (USA) and natural philosophy at the University of Comillas (Spain); and Professor Rafael de la Piedra, a theologian and scholar of the Holy Shroud. The above link is to the Spanish language website of the congress. As additional information becomes available I will include it in future updates.

  • Second National Shroud Encounter in Fátima, Portugal - November 20, 2010

    This conference was organized by the Centro Português de Sindonologia (Portuguese Sindonology Center), founded in the 1980's by Dr. Lagrifa Fernandes, and was held at Allamano's Missionaire Center inside the Museum of Consolata Missionaires near the Fatima Sanctuary. It was titled "Encontro de Estudo e Reflexão sobre o Santo Sudário" (Encounter for Study and Meditation on the Holy Shroud) and the speakers included Dr. Carlos Evaristo, Director of the Ourém Castle Museum, who made a short presentaion about Christian relics including the Sudarium of Oviedo and the Veil of Veronica; TVI journalist Dr. João Paulo Sacadura presented "The Shroud of Turin and the Christians," a presentation full of spiritual meaning; Maria da Glóra Moreira presented "The Holy Shroud in Today's Cathechesis," in which she highlighted the difficulties and challenges in teaching Christ's message in a time of anti religious ideals and how important the Shroud of Turin can be to young people; Dr. Antero Frias Moreira presented "The Shroud of Turin in the Third Millennium" where he focused on debunking the 1988 radiocarbon tests and presented important 21st century scientific possibilities and Sister Maria Paula, a pioneer Portuguese religious woman in Shroud studies who made a personal testimony on her involvement with the Shroud. According to Maria, "...the Centro has a modest webpage with blog (http://www.santosudariodeturim.blogspot.com/) that provides some reliable information in the Portuguese language and is updated from time to time whenever a relevant sindonologic event happens iin our country. Nevertheless we posted information about the Knights Templar theory for the missing years and the controversial Garlaschelli's shroud." Read a first hand Report on the Second National Shroud Encounter in Fátima, Portugal by Dr. Carlos Evaristo, world renown relic expert and one of the conference speakers.

  • 1st International Congress on the Holy Shroud in Spain - Valencia (En Español) - April 28-30, 2012

    This conference was organized by the Centro Español de Sindonologia (CES), which is also celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. With a host of speakers from around the world presenting papers on a wide array of Shroud related topics, the open event attracted a large volume of attendees who filled the huge auditorium every day. Speakers included noted members of the CES like President Jorge Manuel Rodriguez, Dr. Alfonso Munoz-Cobo, César Barta, Fr. Manuel Carreira and Mark Guscin, as well as Bruno Barberis, Emanuela Marinelli, Marzia Boi, and Paolo di Lazzaro from Italy, John and Rebecca Jackson, Robert Villarreal and Barrie Schwortz from the U.S. and Ian Wilson from Australia. As we have done many times in the past, we have created a special page for the Valencia Conference on Shroud.com. It includes a brief overview and photographs of the event along with a complete listing of the speakers and their topics. We have also included links to some of the excellent papers that were presented and hope to add more in the future.

  • 1st International Scientific Congress on the Holy Shroud in Panama (En Español) - June 30 - July 1, 2012

    This conference was organized and sponsored by the Arquidiocesis de Panama and included presentations by Bruno Barberis, Janice Bennett, Petrus Soons, Fr. Francisco Verar and Barrie Schwortz. The first such event ever held in Panama, there was a huge response that filled the large auditorium to capacity both days. We have also created a special page for the Panama Conference on Shroud.com. It includes a brief overview and photographs of the event along with a complete listing of the speakers and their topics.

  • Shroud of Turin: The Controversial Intersection of Faith and Science - October 9-12, 2014 - St. Louis, Missouri

    This event was held at the Drury Plaza Inn in Chesterfield, Missouri and was co-sponsored by the Resurrection of the Shroud Foundation and the Salt River Production Group. The Chairman of the Organizing Committee was Joseph Marino. The international event included speakers and attendees from around the world, including Australia, Canada, England, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Panama, Spain and the United States. More than 160 attendees sat through full days of presentations on a wide variety of topics. Although the Official St. Louis Conference Website (which includes a public Discussion Forum) is still online and will remain active for at least another year, the organizers decided to have the conference materials permanently archived here on Shroud.com, so we have created a new St. Louis Conference page for that purpose. We have included links to most of the papers and presentations that were made, as well as links to abstracts, photos and video clips (coming soon thanks to Russ Breault) and will continue to add more as they become available. For a detailed review of the event, you can also read A Personal Report on the St. Louis Conference by Barrie Schwortz.

  • Das Christusbild – Herkunft und Ursprung in Ost und West (The image of Christ - the source and origin in East and West) - October 16-18, 2014 - Würzburg, Germany

    This event was organized by our friend Karlheinz Dietz, Shroud historian and member of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin, and his colleagues at the Eastern Orthodox Institute at the University of Würzburg (Ostkirchliches Institut an der Universität Würzburg). According to Karlheinz, "The conference will deal exclusively with historical issues. Participants are corresponding specialists in their disciplines." Karlheinz also sent us pdf copies of the Congress Flyer and the Congress Registration Form (mostly in German) which we are including here. No website information is available at this time.


Shroud Conservation & Preservation

This page focuses on the future efforts of science to preserve the Shroud of Turin and its unique image. It includes the Official press release of the Archbishop of Turin discussing Shroud conservation and preservation and introducing two important scientific advisers. Also provided are several other related articles and secondary links to more Shroud conservation materials on the website.


Shroud History

This page provides a chronological listing of important dates in Shroud history. Each entry includes a brief description of the event and the significance it has in the history of the Shroud. Click on the page title above. There are no secondary links on this page.


Shroud Spectrum International

Shroud Spectrum International was the first and only peer reviewed journal dedicated solely to the study of the Shroud of Turin. Published by Dorothy Crispino and her Indiana Center for Shroud Studies from 1981 to 1993, the articles were by European and American authors of international repute, all experts in various fields of sindonic research. In 2012, Dorothy graciously granted STERA, Inc. permission to bring this important journal to the internet and the first four issues (# 1 through # 4) went online in January 2013. A navigator is provided that allows you to select and view every issue in the Index by Issue number. We will continue to add issues in each future update until the entire collection of 42 issues is archived on this website. Secondary links are included below to several Spectrum articles that have been previously reprinted on this website.


Shroud of Turin Website Store

Here, you can safely view and purchase photographs, posters and a variety of other Shroud related materials online, directly from STERA, Inc., using a 256 bit encrypted Secure Order Form. The page also includes links to many Shroud materials available from other sources.


Website News Page Archives

Here are links to all the previous Late Breaking Website News pages, which are archived annually. Each article on the page carries the posting date indicating when it was first uploaded. You should find this an interesting look at the history and evolution of this website and Shroud research. Click on the years below to select the appropriate page.

Website News Page Archives: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996



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