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Updated January 21, 2020





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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24th Anniversary Update! January 21, 2020

Journal of Archaeological Science

Happy New Year and welcome to our 24th Anniversary website update! I still find it hard to believe that so many years have passed since I first hit the "Send' button and put Shroud.com online. Frankly, back in 1996, I never really expected this to grow into the huge website it has become or to go as far as it has. (We have consistently been the #1 organic result for Google searches on "Shroud of Turin" since we first went online). Of course, the internet itself exploded around 1998 and after that, all bets were off! I was in it for the long haul, although I didn't know that at the time, and now, it is 24 years later! I am very grateful to you, our viewers, for your steadfast support over all those years. I also must acknowledge and express my deepest gratitude to the many respected Shroud scholars who have contributed their hard work and materials over the years and helped make this website a great success. We could not have done it without all of you!

We start this update with news of an important new paper from two highly respected, long time Shroud researchers. That is followed by the unveiling of our new page dedicated to the recent Shroud conference held in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada (which includes links to most of the presentations). Also included is the latest update on the upcoming Shroud conference in Troyes, France, and an exclusive report on the recent Shroud event in Washington, D.C. That is followed by an article that brings some clarity to the recent reports of a public Shroud exhibition this year. We are also happy to announce the return of the Italian journal Sindon, digitally, and in both English and Italian and the latest issue of the BSTS Newsletter. In addition, we are including links to a number of important new Shroud books that were published since our last update, along with links to many new internet articles, videos, audios, podcasts and much more. Happy reading!

Here is the Update Table of Contents:


Important New Paper from Bryan Walsh and Larry Schwalbe

An instructive inter-laboratory comparison: The 1988 radiocarbon dating of the Shroud of Turin
by Bryan Walsh and Larry Schwalbe

I rarely include researcher's names in the headlines of the lead-in articles on this page, but today's case is an exception. That is because a new, peer reviewed paper has just been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports by two near legendary long time Shroud researchers, Bryan Walsh, founder and director of the Shroud Center of Richmond, Virginia and Larry Schwalbe, physicist from Los Alamos National Laboratory and original STURP team member. (Try searching on either of their names via our Website Search Engine and you will see what I mean). Their new paper is titled, An instructive inter-laboratory comparison: The 1988 radiocarbon dating of the Shroud of Turin, and according to Bryan, went through a very extensive review process. Bryan told me over a year ago that he and Larry were working on the paper but the review process stretched out over many months. I am thrilled that we can finally announce its publication. It does get a bit technical in places, but that is to be expected considering the subject matter and the qualifications of the authors. It has been some years since Bryan and Larry last published any of their Shroud research and we are thrilled to have them back! Here is the abstract:

"We review the statistical method cited in the report of the radiocarbon dating of the Shroud of Turin. Following strict analytical protocol, we find the Shroud data to be heterogeneous, while data from three control samples show no heterogeneity. We consider two potential sources for the Shroud data heterogeneity. The first, an approximate linear dependence of the dates on the original sample locations suggests a variation in the carbon isotopic composition. The second, differences in the cleaning protocols of the three laboratories may have given rise to differences in residual contamination. We suggest experiments to test the two competing hypotheses."

Here are the Highlights:

UPDATE: Here is an e-mail I received on January 20, 2020 from co-author Bryan Walsh:

"To bring you up-to-date, I've been in touch with the inventor of the ringing mode Atomic Force microscope and he's enthused about using his instrument to non-destructively map the surface of one of the Shroud samples and provide both images and measurements of nearly a dozen physical characteristics of the surface and any contaminants on it. I think it's important to physically and chemically characterize the sample using non-destructive means before performing a radiocarbon dating on it since you can't know exactly what you're dating unless you have first characterized it. Simple microscopic evaluation will only detect very gross contaminants.

"So, the desire to radiocarbon date the char and debris removed in the 2002 'restoration' may be premature since there's no way to know just what's being radiocarbon dated along with the linen fabric. Given what we noted in the paper we wrote, both Larry and I believe it's important to first assess the sample for its physical and chemical characteristics before attempting to radiocarbon date it. I hope this helps. Bryan."

Posted January 21, 2020

New Ancaster Shroud Conference Page Now on Shroud.com

New Ancaster Shroud Conference Page on Shroud.com

I am truly pleased to unveil our new Ancaster Shroud Conference page in this anniversary update. The conference, titled, Science, Theology and the Turin Shroud, was held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 to Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. The event was sponsored by the Arthur C. Custance Centre for Science and Christianity, Mark Antonacci and the Test the Shroud Foundation and organized by long time Shroud scholar Dr. Gary Chiang, professor emeritus at the university. More than 70 registrants attended the event and speakers came from the USA (8 states), Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, France, Spain, and the U.K.

Although we are still waiting to receive the last of the presentations that were made at the event, the new page already includes links to most of the papers, PowerPoints, Abstracts and videos that were presented, along with links to photographs of all the presenters who attended. Of course, we will update the page with any new additions as soon as we receive them. I think you will find many of the presentations enlightening and all of them very interesting. As a special bonus, we are also including links to a number of brief interview videos with presenters and guests made by Ricardo Garza of Crossover Media, LLC, during the conference. This new page contains links to a lot of information so you will probably need to spend some time exploring it all. Our sincere thanks to all the sponsors, organizers and participants who made the event a real success!

Posted January 21, 2020

Update on March Shroud Symposium in Troyes, France

The archives of the department of Aube, France. In the center building are the reading rooms
accessible to the public, where the talks of the symposium will take place on March 27, 2020.
Photo ©2015 Mario Latendresse (Click for larger view)

In our November 6, 2019 website update we included news of an upcoming symposium that will take place on March 27 & 28, 2020 in the city of Troyes, France. Our dear friend Mario Latendresse, noted Shroud scholar, founder of Sindonology.org and the superb ShroudScope, kindly informed us of the event and just sent us the Preliminary Program (French language), which we are including in this update. If you are interested in attending the event, you can Register for the Conference here (French language). You can also reach Mario by e-mail at the following address: info at sindonology dot org (written that way to avoid web robots). We are repeating here the details that Mario sent us last year:

"A symposium on the history of the shroud of Lirey-Chambéry-Turin will take place on March 27-28, 2020, at the city of Troyes, France. This symposium is part of an exhibition on the history of the Saint Suaire of Lirey at the archives of Aube. The talks, in French, will take place on the first day at the archives of the department of Aube, at Troyes (see above photo). Attending the talks is free of charge, but registration is required because the number of places is limited. The archives of Aube house the most important manuscripts of the collegiate of Lirey, the well-established location of the first exhibition of the Shroud of Turin. On the second day, a visit to the village of Lirey, including the medieval motte where Geoffroy de Charny built his maison forte, another historical location related to Geoffroy de Charny and a round table discussion will also take place. There is a charge to participate on the second day to cover transportation expenses. A preliminary program will be available in mid-December 2019. Please consult linceul.org or sindonology.org for more details."

Posted January 21, 2020

Exclusive Report: Museum of the Bible Hosts Shroud Event in Washington, D.C.

Participants and organizers of the Shroud event at the Museum of the Bible
L to R: Ray Downing, Maria Downing, Dr. Jeff Kloha, Lisa Rowan, Tristian Casabianca, Myra Adams,
Dr. Cheryl White, Russ Breault, Fr. Andrew Dalton, David Adams. Not shown: Fr. Robert Spitzer
Photo ©2020 Karen Saunders (Click image for larger view)

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. hosted a special Shroud of Turin event titled, "Explore the Mystery," on January 18, 2020. The sold out event featured presentations and a panel discussion with such notable Shroud scholars as Russ Breault, Tristan Casabianca, Fr. Andrew Dalton, Fr. Robert Spitzer, Dr. Cheryl White and Special Guest Ray Downing. The event was held to help raise funds for the high tech, interactive Shroud of Turin Exhibition that the museum plans to unveil in 2021. Once again, STERA, Inc. was well represented and Board Members Dr. Cheryl White and Russ Breault were speakers at the event. Russ served as the Moderator throughout the program and has kindly sent us his Opening Remarks to include with this article. An interview with the participants will air in a special segment on EWTN Nightly News on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:00 pm E.T. I was unable to attend since I was putting the finishing touches on this update, so we are grateful to our good friend, noted writer and Shroud scholar, Myra Adams, for filing this exclusive report for Shroud.com:

In Washington, D.C., on January 18, 2020, the prestigious Museum of the Bible held an all-star Shroud speakers' event, "Shroud of Turin: Explore the Mystery" in its 472-seat World Stage Theater. The Museum's Chief Curatorial Officer, Dr. Jeff Kloha, introduced the panel of world-renowned Shroud experts and told the sold-out crowd that the event was a kick-off for the groundbreaking, high-tech exhibition about the Shroud targeted to open on Feb. 17, 2021 (Ash Wednesday). Among the notable guests was the Apostolic Nuncio: His Excellency, Archbishop Christophe Pierre (Vatican Ambassador to the U.S.).

The Master of Ceremonies and panel moderator was Russ Breault - a board member of STERA, Inc. and member of the online Shroud Science Group. Russ is president and founder of the Shroud of Turin Education Project and a SignFromGod board member. The four expert panelists who traveled great distances to speak were: (Continue reading)

Posted January 21, 2020

Will There Really Be a "Public Display" in December 2020? Actually, No.

Extraordinary public display of Turin Shroud in 2020
Link to Vatican Press Release - Photo © Vatican Media

On December 31, 2019, we received the exciting news from the Vatican that a "public display" of the Shroud had been authorized for December 2020 by Pope Francis. The headline read, "Extraordinary public display of Turin Shroud in 2020." Recognizing this as important news, I posted it immediately to the STERA, Inc. Facebook Page. However, it didn't take very long for me to realize that this was probably NOT going to be a general public exhibition like the last one, held in 2015. Those are usually announced around 18 months in advance to give Turin time to make the necessary preparations to receive a million or more pilgrims. In that respect, the headline on the Vatican article was somewhat misleading, since I received a lot of e-mails asking for clarification. In reading the article more carefully, I realized this was more likely to be a one day affair not open to the public but reserved exclusively for the members of the Taizé Community who are holding their next annual meeting of Europe’s youth in Turin, Italy, in December. This is very much like the Special Youth Pilgrimage permitted by Pope Francis in 2018 that we reported on in our June 2018 update. So I updated our Facebook page accordingly, but I wanted to be certain before publishing this article here, so I contacted my good friend Enrico Simonato, current Secretary of the Centro Internazionale di Studi Sulla Sindone or CISS (International Study Center on the Shroud) in Turin for a definitive answer. It turns out, my suspicions were correct. Here was his reply:

"The (recent) announcement is not for a full public display of the Shroud. The traditional New Year event of the Taizé ecumenical community will take place in Turin at the end of 2020. On this occasion, and only for people of the community (and, I suppose, for the people hosting them), there will be the opportunity on the evening of December 31st, to "contemplate" the Shroud in a way similar to the 2018 event (just "opening" the reliquary box in the Chapel). Since the Taizé community is an ecumenical community, we need to pay specific attention to some members. That is because in the Christian Churches there has been an open question for centuries on the use of images. As stated by our Archbishop, "...for us here it is not a question of reopening this wound, but of welcoming fraternally those who want to share prayer in an atmosphere of full mutual respect and fraternity that has characterized the Taizé experience since its inception." So it will not be a public display for a "veneration", but a "contemplation" solely for the Taizé community members."

{Editor's Note: Here is a link to a brief YouTube video that shows how the Shroud was unveiled and displayed during the Youth Pilgrimage on August 10, 2018: Venerazione Sindone 2018: Lo Svelamento Del Telo (1:04) (Shroud Veneration 2018: The Unveiling of the Cloth). According to Enrico, a similar method will be employed this year, with the reliquary case opened but the Shroud not removed and only viewed in place through thick, bulletproof glass].

Posted January 21, 2020

Sindon Returns (and Now It's Digital and Bilingual)

Sindon Returns (and Now It's Digital and Bilingual)

Anyone who has been a student of the Shroud of Turin for any length of time is certainly aware of the Italian journal Sindon, which was published in Turin for many years by the International Center for the Study of the Shroud (CISS). The highly respected journal was always the benchmark publication and primary reference for those seeking credible articles on the Shroud written by equally credible researchers. The only problem was that it was only published in Italian, so many English speaking Shroud scholars were unable to read the important articles and papers that they published. In addition, it was a printed journal, so one had to subscribe to it and wait for its delivery by postal mail. Unless you had a subscription, you didn't read the journal. Then, along came Dorothy Crispino and her journal, Shroud Spectrum International. (Every issue of Spectrum is available on Shroud.com). Dorothy recognized the problem and began translating some of Sindon's most important articles into English and including them in Spectrum. Unfortunately, because of changing times and technologies, both Sindon and Spectrum eventually ceased publication.

And that is what makes today's announcement so important. We are happy to report that Sindon is back and this time, it is publishing everything in both Italian and English! But instead of a printed publication, the new Sindon is now online and available digitally via the internet! The revived journal will now be much more accessible to a broader range of scholars around the world. And it looks great too! To make it even easier for viewers to access the journal, the CISS has provided both an English Language Page and an Italian Language Page on their website. Bringing this iconic journal into the 21st century was truly a major challenge and we extend our congratulations and sincere gratitude to the hard working members of the CISS who dedicated themselves to reviving this important publication. A special thank you to our good friend Enrico Simonato, CISS Secretary, for his extraordinary efforts in overseeing and accomplishing this important goal. The Shroud world will greatly appreciate it! Grazie mille mi amico!

Posted January 21, 2020

Latest BSTS Newsletter Issue #90 Now Available

Latest BSTS Newsletter Issue #90 Now Available

This information came in at the last moment, so I barely had time to get this brief notice into this update. Our good friend David Rolfe, Editor of the British Society for the Turin Shroud (BSTS) Newsletter, just informed us that Issue #90 is now available. The issue features articles by such notable Shroud scholars as Joe Marino, Ian Wilson, Pam Moon, Mark Guscin and others and highlights a new experiment by Hugh Duncan. Online issues are available by subscription via the BSTS Newsletter website at the above links. We are planning to update our BSTS Newsletter Archive page in our Spring update with some of the more recent newsletter issues. Currently, Issues #1 through #85 are available in the archives here on Shroud.com.

Posted January 21, 2020

Recently Published Books

Recently Published Books

Several important new Shroud related books by several noted Shroud scholars have recently been or are soon to be published. We are listing them here and have also permanently archived them on the Shroud of Turin Booklist page (alphabetically by author). To make it easy to find the newest additions, we have annotated their listings with "(Added 21 January 2020)" so you can simply search for that phrase on the Booklist page should you forget the titles.


A Burst of Conscious Light: Near-Death Experiences, the Shroud of Turin, and the Limitless Potential of Humanity by Dr. Andrew Silverman

A fascinating new book by noted British Shroud scholar Dr. Andrew Silverman. Note that it will be available after February 11, 2020. Here is an excerpt from the book's online description:

"Integrating extensive scientific research from three seemingly unrelated fields of study--quantum mechanics, near-death experiences, and the Shroud of Turin--Silverman reveals the pitfalls and perils of artificial intelligence and addresses the fundamentally flawed thinking that underlies it. Drawing on his work as one of the leading experts on the Shroud of Turin as well as research by scientists from NASA and Los Alamos, he shows how the image on the Shroud could only have been produced by a flash of light as intense as a nuclear explosion--a burst of light that occurred after the body was in the tomb. Sharing medical evidence of consciousness in people declared clinically dead, the author shows how the light of consciousness evidenced by the Shroud is also a consistent feature of most near-death experiences." (Also available via Amazon at this link).

Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Park Street Press (February 11, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620559633
ISBN-13: 978-1620559635


Shroud of Turin: Uncovering the Paradox within the Archives of the Holy Shroud Guild by Giorgio D. Bracaglia

[Editor's Note: You might recall that we listed this excellent and important book last year when it first was published. We are including it again today because it has just become available from Barnes & Noble as an e-book that can be ordered and downloaded at this link: Uncovering the Paradox within the Archives of the Holy Shroud Guild in Nook format].

An in depth look at the important archives of the organization that first promoted the Shroud in the U.S. Here is an excerpt from Giorgio's description:

"With over 35 thousand documents to archive, this project lasted more than three years to complete. I have spent more than ten years of research that now includes digital scans, document organization, and interviews, which have made it possible to share the working inside of the Holy Shroud Guild. The preservation of these archives is extremely important. Their purpose serves as a time capsule, now liberated, providing over 60 years of historical Shroud studies from original correspondence associated with the Guild. This book reflects many different periods that significantly influenced five generations of Sindonologist studies..."

Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Giorgio D. Bracaglia (January 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-578-43286-1


Religion, Supernaturalism, the Paranormal and Pseudoscience - An Anthropological Critique by Homayun Sidky

This book is listed as a textbook (which probably explains the hefty price). Some people may find it interesting as it obviously provides the author's opinions on the Science vs. Faith debate, an issue most Shroud scholars have faced and one that many have addressed. Here is an excerpt from the book's online description:

"Religion, Supernaturalism, the Paranormal, and Pseudoscience" provides a comprehensive rejoinder to the challenges posed to science, scientific anthropology, evolutionary theory and rationality by the advocates of supernatural, paranormal, and pseudoscientific perspectives and modes of thought associated with the current rise of irrationalism, antiintellectualism, and emboldened religious fundamentalism and violence." (Also available as an e-book via Amazon at this link).

File Size: 1289 KB
Hardbound: 518 pages
Publisher: Anthem Press; 1 edition (November 30, 2019)
Language: English
ASIN: B08257N91Q
ISBN-10: 1785271628
ISBN-13: 978-1785271625

Posted January 21, 2020

Recently Published Papers & Articles

1973 Italian Commission Report on the Shroud of Turin
(English translation of original Italian language report)

We are starting this section, not with a paper or article, but with a never-before available English translation of an historic Italian report on the 1973 examination of the Shroud from the archives of the Holy Shroud Guild. Of course, a number of new papers and articles have been published recently as well, and we are including 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).







The following papers have been archived on the Religion and Philosophy page (alphabetically by title) and the Website Library page (alphabetically by author):



Posted January 21, 2020

Shroud Related Videos and Audios

The Shroud Of Turin ... Real or Fake? - Dr. August Accetta

Once again, a large number of videos, radio programs and podcasts about the Shroud of Turin have appeared on the internet in recent months. We are including links to a number of recent ones (and a few older ones) in this update and hope you find them interesting.












Here are several older videos that were recommended by our good friend and noted Shroud researcher, Paolo Di Lazzaro:

Posted January 21, 2020

The Shroud on the Internet

VIDEO: Faces of Jesus exhibit in Abbotsford, BC, Canada

The Shroud of Turin continues to be a topic of great interest on the internet, so we once again had a huge number of links to Shroud related content to choose from. As I have said before, deciding which to include here is never easy, since we want to provide you with the most credible and interesting information available, but don't want to include too much repetition either. (There is a lot of it on the internet). In the end, I am sure you will find many of the links worthwhile. They are listed chronologically with the most recent item at the top.











Posted January 21, 2020

Over 1.6 Million Visits in 2019

Over 1.6 Million Visits in 2019

As we announced in our November 6, 2019 update, we experienced several months of problems, loss of data and disruptions to our website last year due to issues with our long-time hosting company. In the end, it resulted in our having to move the website to a new hosting company, which we completed in November. Unfortunately, the data lost before and during the transition was not retrievable. Typically, I include all of the detailed statistics of our website traffic in our annual anniversary update. However, since our data is incomplete, we can only provide an estimate for the year based on the traffic in the first six months of 2019. With that, we can safely state that our website traffic in 2019 exceeded 1.6 million visits. With everything now moved to new, more trouble-free servers, we will again be able to provide you with accurate numbers next year. As you know, we do not allow advertising on this website, so we are not interested in counting "clicks," which is how some websites monetize their visitors. Our website is totally free and we derive no financial benefits from our visitors. From my perspective, publishing the statistics is important mainly because they show a considerable increase in traffic every year since 1996, which I hope gives encouragement to our supporters and patrons.

Posted January 21, 2020

2020 Lecture Schedule

Passion of Christ Conference: Shroud of Turin Retreat
at the Toronto Pavilion, March 23rd, 2019
Link to presentation video - (1:16:42)

I am again including my upcoming lecture schedule in case I happen to be in your area in 2020. If so, please come by and say hello. You might notice that this year's schedule is even smaller than last year's, as I'm trying to spend less time "on the road." Of course, as of this writing the schedule is by no means complete. There are still several additonal lectures being considered so the schedule could possibly 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, 2020
Updated February 9, 2020

Our Next Update

Our next update will go online sometime in the Spring. With a lighter travel and lecture schedule this year, I hope to get the updates online a bit earlier if possible. The next update will hopefully include our first report on the archiving of the Paul Maloney Collection, which we mentioned in our November 2019 update and which I plan to start working on in the next few weeks. As always, the update will also 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 frequently 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 useful. Thank you all again for being there! It is deeply appreciated.

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

Posted January 21, 2020

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