As part of our 40th anniversary celebration we are making the original Test Plan, formally titled, Operations Test Plan For Investigating the Shroud of Turin by Electromagnetic Radiation at Various Wavelengths, available online to everyone for the very first time.I think you will find it enlightening as it clearly demonstrates the thoroughness and care that STURP exhibited in planning their research.They will be the distinctive program with which the Diocese of Turin, together with other Italian ones, are preparing for the embrace with the Pope in Rome, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August and, especially at the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled for October 2018 on the theme "Young people, faith and vocational discernment".An appointment for which they are still mobilizing all the dioceses of the world.
It was based on this plan that King Umberto authorized our historic 1978 examination of the Shroud.Here is the Update Table of Contents: The above (never-before published) photograph was taken at the press conference held on Saturday, October 14, 1978, the morning after STURP ended their historic scientific examination of the Shroud and the day the cloth was returned to its reliquary.I think the expressions on everyone's faces indicate there was a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment amongst all those involved. Luigi Gonella was the Scientific Advisor to the Archbishop of Turin in 1978 and still held that position ten years later, during the radiocarbon dating of the Shroud.The first of these is to a Press Conference website titled, "10 Paths for the Pilgrimage of Young People to the Shroud." Below is an online English language translation of the page.For more details, read the article (in Italian) at the above links.This update also brings you seven more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, more information on the special youth pilgrimage and Shroud exhibition authorized by Pope Francis for August 2018, announcement of an international conference in 2019, obituaries for several departed Shroud scholars, many new books, papers, articles, videos and much more.There is a huge backlog of material that I have included in this update, so let's get started.As I mentioned in our last update, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the first ever in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud of Turin by the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) on October 8-13, 1978.In commemoration of that historic event, we will be celebrating the anniversary year with some special materials in each of our regular updates and culminating with a Special STURP Update on October 8, 2018, 40 years to the day that we began our examination of the Shroud in 1978.The reappropriation of cultural heritage and natural beauties of our land requires a different way of approaching the reality that surrounds us, a way that pilgrimage on foot allows and propitiates."The hope is that the paths of next summer can help our young people" descend to Capernaum "(Jn 2.12), in the daily life of a renewed life." The second link the CIS provided is to another Italian language website specifically about the Pilgrimage titled, L'Amore lascia il Segno (Love Leaves the Sign).