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Credit: Photo by Giuseppe Enrie, 1931, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Shroud of Turin remains one of the world’s most enduring mysteries. Believed to be the linen cloth in which the body of Jesus was wrapped following the Crucifixion, the shroud has been the subject of speculation and debate for generations. And next month, those intrigued by it here in Pulaski County can learn more about it without having to go to Italy.

The Shroud of Turin, also known as the Holy Shroud, is a length of linen cloth that bears a faint image of the front and back of a man. It has been venerated for centuries, especially by members of the Catholic Church, as the actual burial shroud used to wrap the body of Jesus of Nazareth after his crucifixion, and Jesus's bodily image is miraculously imprinted.

The original shroud measures approximately 4.4 meters long by 1.1 meters wide and is kept in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. The origins of the shroud are unclear, but it is believed by some to have been the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The earliest recorded history of the shroud dates back to the 14th century, when it was displayed in Lirey, France. The shroud has been the subject of much controversy and debate among scholars and scientists, with some arguing that it is a genuine relic and others claiming that it is a medieval forgery.

The shroud has been studied extensively using a variety of scientific techniques, including carbon dating, pollen analysis, and spectroscopy. The results of these studies have been inconclusive and have only added to the mystery surrounding the shroud's authenticity. I have included some articles of note the offer various views on the validity of the Shroud.

A National traveling Exhibit known as “Man of the Shroud,” features a replica of the Shroud of Turin, will be held at St Mildred’s Catholic Church in Somerset on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at the activities center beside St. Mildred Catholic Church, located at 203 South Central Avenue in Somerset, and is free to the public. It will be available to see on Tuesday, May 9 through Friday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is part of a tour that is being featured at only nine (9) places this year, with Somerset being one. A full schedule for the exhibit tour can be found at the schedule at This event is being brought here by the local Knights of Columbus Council 14128. The contact person is Martin Hranicky, Knights of Columbus, 2020 — Somerset, KY 42501. Office: 606-678-5051 • Outreach: 606-678-4617. Email:

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Apr 24, 2023

Thanks for the info!

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