The new dating of the Shroud just announced.

shroud23n-1-webI’ve been interested in the Shroud of Turin, Sudarium of Oviedo and the Veronica for a long time. I’ve read anything in English I can lay my hands on including ploughing my way through some pretty dense scientific reports and studies.

Having read what I can I am in the “I think it’s the shroud of Jesus” camp. I tend to think the Oviedo cloth is the face cloth of Jesus too. I am still undecided on the Veronica of Manoppello, but it has been less studied and there’s not as much in English available to read on it.

I read some time ago of plans to use a different technique for dating the Shroud. I presumed it would take a long time before permission was granted, not least because of the awful behaviour of those involved in the first dating attempt. The debacle of the carbon dating is an embarrassment to good science.

The new tests have gone ahead and the first  reports on the results state that the Shroud is around 2000 years old

Final results show that the Shroud fibres examined produced the following dates, all of which are 95% certain and centuries away from the medieval dating obtained with Carbon-14 testing in 1988: the dates given to the Shroud after FT-IR testing, is 300 BC ±400, 200 BC ±500 after Raman testing and 400 AD ±400 after multi-parametric mechanical testing. The average of all three dates is 33 BC  ±250 years. The book’s authors observed that the uncertainty of this date is less than the single uncertainties and the date is compatible with the historic date of Jesus’ death on the cross, which historians claim occurred in 30 AD.

The tests were carried out using tiny fibres of material extracted from the Shroud by micro-analyst Giovanni Riggi di Numana who passed away in 2008 but had participated in the1988 research project and gave the material to Fanti through the cultural institute Fondazione 3M.

These are the tests I had read would be taking place and it’s good to see the careful reporting on it. I look forward to the full publication – hopefully in English, pretty soon.

The new earlier dating of the Shroud fits far better with all the other evidence about the cloth that has been documented so far.

The Shroud website will propbably carry the info.

There’s this lovely story of a Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Buenes Aires in 1996 which the then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio had to investigate. The Host had been treated sacriligeously and the parish priest, unable to consume it himself placed it in some water and kept it in the Tabernacle until he could deal with it properly.

The host turned into cardiac tissue… you can read the whole story on the link above.

I love the fact that all the Eucharistic miracles where tissue is present it’s always heart tissue.

Tomorrow, Good Friday begins the Divine Mercy Novena.


2 responses to “The new dating of the Shroud just announced.

  1. I’ve always been fascinated by the Shroud of Turin too. A church near me has an outdoor stations of the cross leading up to a “Resurrection Grotto” where there is a replica of the tomb and statues of Mary Magdalene seeing the Risen Lord. Inside the “tomb” they have an image of the shroud. Even though it’s not hte real thing, even just seeing that makes me marvel at the sacrifice! Have a Blessed Easter!

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