Pope Francis and the Turin Shroud: Making sense of a Mystery

Source: The Economist:

ON THE eve of his first Easter Sunday celebration as bishop of Rome, Pope Francis sprang another of his teasing little surprises. As the Shroud of Turin, which is probably the Christian world’s most hotly contested holy relic, was given a rare showing on television, he issued a statement that urged people, in rather passionate terms, to contemplate the object with awe; but he also stopped firmly short of asserting its authenticity.

In a carefully worded message, he asked and answered a rhetorical question: “How is it that the faithful, like you, pause before this icon of a man scourged and crucified? It is because the Man of the Shroud invites us to contemplate Jesus of Nazareth.” An icon, in Christian terminology, is very different from an idol. In theology as in computer-speak, an icon is a sort of window that can lead the user into a different reality. But people can miss the point of an icon, so the theory goes, if they focus too much on the object itself (its age, its construction, its history) and forget to gaze beyond it.


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2 replies

  1. When worldly experts fail to solve any mystery people aught to turn towards other sources. Controversial theories are prevailing about Jesus Christ and his shroud. Each expert claimant calls its theory as correct one. Amongst these one theory, based on divine guidance, distinctly stands out. it was presented by the founder of Ahmadiyya Community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who claimed to be the Messiah and Imam Mahdi of the current era. Many are now turning their attention to the claim of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad who with full surety declared that Jesus Christ did not die on the cross. All the details of his claim are contained in his book “Jesus in India” which can be read or down loaded from alislam.org.
    Here the question is, “With the modern era progress in science and technology, is there any possibility to have some deeper tests and once for all decide if Jesus Christ died on Cross or not. According to claims of founder of Ahmadiyya Community the grave of Jesus Christ is in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir. Sample of remains (if permitted under ethical, religious and other laws) of Jesus Christ can be obtained for such tests. Similar tests can be done with the shroud to compare both the results and decide the truth once for all.

  2. I have a question if some one expert on science and technology can reply.
    Is there any possibility to have DNA test of the blood stains on the Turin Shroud and of the remains lying in grave yard at Srinagar Kashmir. Reply is sought from science and technical point of view. No religion or ethical point to be high lighted.

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