Shroud of Turin – The Real Holy Face of Jesus
Is the Shroud of Turin fake or real?
The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth believed by some to have covered the buried body of Jesus Christ. Accounts of Jesus’ followers wrapping his body with a linen cloth are mentioned in all four gospels (Matthew 27:59,Mark 15:46, Luke 23:53, John 19:40). The shroud, which has a known history dating back to 1353, is about 14-feet long by four feet wide. It is called the Shroud of Turin because it permanently resides in the city of Turin, Italy, though on occasion it is exhibited elsewhere.
The shroud bears markings that appear to be front and back impressions of a crucified man. Apparently, the cloth was folded over itself, one half above the man, the other half below. Interestingly, the man’s wounds are consistent with the wounds inflicted upon Jesus during the torture He endured leading up to His crucifixion. There appear to be wounds around the hairline, matching the biblical description of the crown of thorns. Several small stripe-like wounds extend from the shoulders to the lower legs, matching the biblical description of His torture by whipping. There is also a wound in the area of the chest, which matches the description of the piercing wound inflicted on Jesus shortly after His death.
Shroud of Turin – Experts say
What do experts think about the Shroud of Turin? That depends on who you ask. Some experts consider the Shroud of Turin to be authentic, while others believe that it is a rather sophisticated hoax. A few people have even claimed that the shroud was never intended to be anything more than a work of art. This explanation doesn’t seem probable because of the shroud’s unique design, a style that had never been observed in any previous major work of art. This fact leads most experts to conclude that the shroud is either authentic or it is purposely designed to look as if it is authentic.
The ‘Holy face of Jesus’ picture, the holiest of all Jesus Pictures, has been venerated by Saints like St. Francis DeSales, St. John Don Bosco, Pope Saint Pius X and revealed by miraculous visions to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (Little Flower) and to Blessed Sister Maria Pierina De Micheli (beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on May 30, 2010). All these holy souls believed and venerated the image on the Shroud as the true picture of Jesus.
All our recent Popes have strongly asked us to venerate the ‘Holy face of Jesus’. Their quotes on the Holy Shroud picture are given further down on this page, but we will highlight here just one quote, by our late saintly Polish Pope, Pope John Paul II – “Why don’t we contemplate the Icon of Icons: The Holy Face of Jesus! Instead of icons made by man, let us venerate the greatest icon of all: The Holy Face of Jesus!”
The burial cloth of Jesus had been kept hidden, for most of the time, during the 2000 years of its history, for the safety and protection of this most holy relic. Since the year 1578, the holy Shroud is preserved with utmost care in the Royal Chapel of the ex-kings of Italy, in the city of Turin. Since the holy Shroud is preserved and kept in the Royal Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, it is commonly referred to as the ‘Shroud of Turin’ or the ‘Turin Shroud’.
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What do you think? Is the Shroud of Turin real or fake?