It is being reported today in Italy’s La Stampa’s “Vatican Insider” that we’re in for a wild ride this week. As we all know, the time before the celebration of Easter in the Western Churches is always a time of fantastical claims by “scientists” and journalists. A few years ago someone claimed they found the tomb of Jesus, and before that there was the Gospel of Judas or whatever it was.
But now, scientists and journalists from the University of Padua are publishing a book this week that presents scientific findings that the Shroud of Turin does in fact date from the 1st century A.D. and not from medieval times. While the debate about the authenticity of the Shroud often goes back and forth, this is big news.
The Orthodox have, as far as I know, generally supported the authenticity of the Shroud. I know of Orthodox hierarchs going and holding services before it in Turin when it was on display a couple years ago. I’m sure there will much rejoicing from those who believe that the Shroud is the burial cloths of our Lord. A very nice piece of news for Holy Week for our Western Christian brethren, and the second week of Lent for us Orthodox.
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