Archive for September, 2019

A replica of the Turin Shroud will be on display at St Mary’s Priory Church in time for the Food Festival this year.


The replica of the Shroud on its last visit to Wales at Nazareth House, Cardiff 

The Turin Shroud is one of the most famous, and controversial, images associated with the Christian faith and it will be fascinating to see this replica close up.

The Shroud itself is kept in the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, which is located within a complex of buildings which includes the Turin Cathedral, the Royal Palace of Turin, and the Palazzo Chiablese in Turin, Piedmont, northern Italy.

The replica Shroud  will be on display daily from Thursday, September 19th – Thursday, October 3rd. During this period there will be a programme of devotional activities using the replica.

The origins of the shroud – and how the faint, full-length image of a man could have appeared on it – are still the subject of intense debate around the world.

The many unproven theories include that the image was somehow left by Christ before his resurrection, that it is the work of a skilled forger, or that it could have been generated by chemical residue, scorching or radiation.

In 1988 a radiocarbon dating test was performed on small samples of the shroud, which concluded the samples were dated from medieval times – far too recent for the linen sheet to have been used in Christ’s burial. Those findings have since been questioned by scholars who contend that the sample tested was from a repair made hundreds of year after the shroud was created



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