Pope Francis is doing things differently and that bodes well for evangelism around the world. Just today he came out linking the Shroud of Turin to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ during an Easter devotional.
Bailey’s Shroud video on the RezProject.com website (above) is the only one we’ve seen that connects the Gospel account directly to the Forensic science on the Shroud. We have no confirmation that it influenced the Pope’s decision : ) to publicize the Shroud. But the Pope, and the Catholic church are also endorsing an iphone app that allow up close examination of the Turin Shroud via high resolution photography available for millions on their smartphones. That’s very good news because the Shroud evidence should be examined by all seekers as it is the closest thing we have to physical evidence of the resurrection of Jesus. And Science has been stumped for decades when it comes to telling us how the image actually got on the Turin Shroud. Time calls the shroud the #1 Religious Relic of all time.
The UK Telegraph reports Pope’s remarks and has a Video.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I join all of you gathered before the Holy Shroud, and I thank the Lord who, through modern technology, offers us this possibility.
Even if it takes place in this way, we do not merely “look”, but rather we venerate by a prayerful gaze. I would go further: we are in fact looked upon upon ourselves. This face has eyes that are closed, it is the face of one who is dead, and yet mysteriously he is watching us, and in silence he speaks to us.
How is this possible? How is it that the faithful, like you, pause before this icon of a man scourged and crucified? It is because the Man of the Shroud invites us to contemplate Jesus of Nazareth. This image, impressed upon the cloth, speaks to our heart and moves us to climb the hill of Calvary, to look upon the wood of the Cross, and to immerse ourselves in the eloquent silence of love.
The NY Times reports: ROME — The Shroud of Turin, which since medieval times has been revered by many Christians as the burial cloth of Jesus, is about to make its debut on modern media platforms.
On Holy Saturday, the linen cloth imprinted with the faint brownish image of what appears to be a man’s body — and that skeptics dismiss as ancient forgery — will be shown live on the Italian state broadcaster RAI, 40 years after its first and only televised “ostentation,” as a public exposure of the shroud is known.
On Good Friday, a Piedmont company, Haltadefinizione, introduced a new app, Shroud 2.0, which features images of the cloth along with scientific and theological interpretations prepared with the Diocese of Turin and the International Center of Sindonology. Sindonology is the scientific study of the shroud.
The app “is a kind of digital ostension,” said the Rev. Roberto Gottardo, vice president of the diocese commission that handles shroud-related matters. Turin has been home to the shroud since it was brought there by the Savoy family in 1578. It is kept in a specially made container in a chapel in the Turin Cathedral.
The Vatican has not officially recognized the shroud, which measures 14.3 feet by 3.7 feet, as a relic of Jesus, but neither has it discouraged popular devotion.
The artifact is arguably the most tested religious object in history, analyzed over the years by scores of scientists, their findings providing endless fodder for countless sindonologists.
Click Here For more on NYTimes article on Pope Francis and the Shroud TV special and the Shroud App.
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