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Shroud of Turin Now on Exhibit in Italy

Italy — By Jules Auger on April 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm
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Casual museum-goers and theology enthusiasts rejoice – the legendary shroud of Turin is now on display in Turin, Italy, for the next six weeks. The shroud, which has recently been restored after some damage it sustained since it was last refurbished by sixteenth-century Catholic nuns, is anticipated to draw crowds from around the world as its influence reached all interested in the history of the Bible and the life of Jesus Christ.

If anything, ‘crowds’ is a drastic understatement. Over two million people are expected to come view the shroud in the Turin Cathedral, from the average Italian to the Pope himself. For the last eight years, the shroud has been meticulously restored and strengthened to make it ready to face exhibition lights, and the countless camera flashes that will undoubtedly accompany it’s entrance in the public eye.

The shroud is said to be an imprint of Jesus’ face, one that resulted when the shroud in question was placed over his face seconds after his death. Like many other artifacts and relics, the shroud’s legitimacy has often come into question. Historians say that carbon-dating, a method of determining an object’s age, has yielded results inconsistent with most claims of it dating from several thousand years ago, and that the shroud was instead woven in the late middle-ages.

Many have come to the conclusion that the shroud is a forgery, and even the Pope in power when the shroud was first discovered believed that it was simply an object made to draw attention. These conclusions have not stopped the Catholic church from promoting this new display, however. Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th and current Pope, is expected to fly out May 2nd to view the shroud for himself.

Not all who feel the shroud is not entirely genuine write it off as a worthless piece of cloth, however. Many have proclaimed that the shroud is to be viewed with the heart, not with the mind, and that the message behind it, that is, Jesus’ suffering in the name of the greater good, is the message to keep in mind when observing this ancient relic.

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Tags: catholicism, italy, museum, pope, shroud, turin

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  • Eric Borgman says:

    Thanks for writing about the Shroud of Turin. There are a few errors in your report. The Shroud is not just an image of a face, but the whole body of a crucified man, both front and back. The 1988 Carbon-14 dating has been determined useless by several scientists including Ray Rogers after new evidence came to light, that the area where the testing material came from was a medieval patch. This has been proven in 2005 and confirmed by others. The pope in the 13 hundreds was not the one to claim that the Shroud was a fake, a bishop did so claiming that an earlier bishop told him an artist had admitted painting it. Scores of scientists have refuted that the image was painted. Only one prominant scientist Dr. McCrone continued to claim that it was painted even though all the scientific evidence proved that that was not the case. At this time science has been unable to explain conclusively how the image was formed. Barrie Schwortz, someone who is Jewish, and who was one of the original members of the scientific team that investigated the Shroud over a 5 day period has stated that he thinks the image is of Jesus and not some other crucified man because of the evidence of head wounds consistant with a “crown of thorns.” I look forward to seeing the Shroud in person next moth.

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