(1936 – 2018) of Quakertown, PA, passed away at his home on Monday, August
27th, 2018. Born in Michigan, Paul was a remarkable and humble man who had
achieved many things during his lifetime. He was an Archeologist,
Anthropologist, and Geologist, and took a passion in Near Eastern Studies. He
took special interest in the Shroud of Turin. His research spanned over three
decades and he was known globally for his contributions. Paul was a college
professor at two different universities – Vennard College and Penn Wesleyan
College. He taught diverse courses; linguistics, theology, Greek, Hebrew,
Biblical Studies, Archeology and Anthropology. Paul was a member of Trinity
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Quakertown where he sang in the church choir
and taught Sunday School.
August 27, 2018)
Towards the Synod. During the night 2,500 young people in front of the Shroud
Monsignor Cesare Nosiglia, archbishop of Turin and Pontifical Custodian of the
Shroud, yesterday had the joy of opening the Duomo to a new audience, and a
"different exhibition": during the night 2500 young people marched in
procession before the chapel for an extraordinary veneration decided for the
occasion of the great pilgrimage of the young people of Italy to Rome to meet
Pope Francis. Everything was new: not a public display for everyone but a
moment of prayer dedicated to young people, in the context of a spiritual and
pastoral "journey" together. The installation is also very new: when entering
the Cathedral the young people found a stone broken in half, flooded with
light and surrounded by perfumes. Like the stone of the Sepulcher in
Jerusalem, which guards an empty tomb ... then they "greeted" the chapel of
Pier Giorgio Frassati, the young man of the eight Beatitudes.
was also the "reception" of the Shroud: the Cloth was not exposed on the main
altar but it remained in the chapel - protected by glass but uncovered, at the
feet of the young people who slowly marched in procession.
This different way of looking at the Shroud, of finding the image much more
"close", has been studied specifically not for the sake of novelty but to seek
a better solution to the contact with the Shroud image. A solution that also
includes the study and application of a suitable lighting system, keeping the
optimal conditions of conservation (temperature, humidity, etc.) intact. In
his speech, the custodian Nosiglia underlined these changes by recalling that
the Shroud today is above all a "pastoral" value. Yesterday the young people
from the 17 dioceses of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta were accompanied by other
young Poles, French, Latin Americans that they had met during the previous
World Youth Days. They all met at Valdocco for Mass at 6pm, and then went on
together towards the Duomo. A "river" of young people like that has not been
seen for some time. The scientific themes, the "scoops" that are never lacking
in these periods, remain in the background. "Since 1898 the Cloth - said
Nosiglia, among other things - has been subjected to investigations of all
kinds; and it has been the subject of controversy, a tool for editorial and
advertising strategies, even in the scientific field, which are far removed
from real research and its objectives. But the Shroud has also represented the
terrain for serious and respectful confrontation and meeting for many
scientists who, each from their own positions, have worked together and helped
to get to know the Cloth better».
(Marco Bonatti, Avvenire, August 11, 2018)
Robert Villarreal (1936-2018)
of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away on March 8, 2018 after a long battle
with Parkinson's disease. He is best known in Shroud circles for heading a
team of eight colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory that verified and
confirmed the observations of Ray Rogers regarding the anomalous nature of the
1988 radiocarbon dating sample (Barrie Schwortz,
June 21, 2018)
Chapel of the Shroud: preparation
has begun in sight of extraordinary youth worship
At work in the Cathedral of Turin from March 14 in preparation for the
appointment of August 10, 2018.
Work began on March 14, 2018 in the Cathedral of Turin for the preparation of
the chapel of the Shroud in view of the extraordinary veneration of young
people to be held on the night of August 10, 2018. At the beginning of the
work the Pontifical Custodian Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, archbishop of Turin, was
present. The planned works concern lighting and the approach path to the
The pilgrimage of the young people of the dioceses of Piedmont and Valle
d'Aosta was planned in preparation for the meeting that all the young people
of Italy will have with Pope Francis in Rome in the days of August 15, 2018
and that will be a moment of prayer and confrontation for the World Synod on
Youth, which will be held in Rome in October.
The young people, coming from days of walking on foot in our regional
territory, will meet together in the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale on August
9, and then they will proceed to the Cathedral on the evening of August 10.
The visit to the Shroud, reserved for pilgrims, is the final moment of this
"journey" before leaving for Rome. Registration has been opened and requests
are already being received from dioceses outside the region and from abroad.
Even the veneration of the Shroud of the young people, next August, promises
therefore to be "international".
This moment of visit is not an exhibition, but a new and different way of
approaching the Shroud, an icon of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, but
also an extraordinary sign of hope and new life.
On the website
it can be found all the details of the journey of preparation for the
extraordinary veneration of August, together with information for the
registration to the pilgrimage.(Diocese
of Turin, March 14, 2018)
renowned sindonologist has left us: on March 2, 2018 in Lanuvio (Rome)
countess Maria Grazia Siliato passed away at the age of 91 years old.
Passionate about history and archeology, she had published various articles
about the Shroud for Piemme. She was a delegate for Italy of the C.I.E.L.T.
(Centre International d’Etudes sur le Linceul de Turin) of Paris (France). We
will remember with nostalgia her brilliant conferences (Corriere della
Sera, March 4, 2018)