WEST SIMSBURY – "Shroud Encounter," a production of Shroud of Turin Education Project Inc., will be presented by international shroud expert Russ Breault at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 265 Stratton Brook Road.The presentation is a fast-moving, big screen, multimedia experience using over 200 images covering all aspects of Shroud research.
Mr. Breault has been featured in several national documentaries, including "Mysteries of the Ancient World" on CBS and, most recently, "The Real Face of Jesus?" on The History Channel. He has presented at numerous colleges and universities, including Duke, Penn State, West Point, Cal State and many others.
The Shroud of Turin is the most analyzed artifact in the world, yet it remains a mystery. The 14-foot-long linen cloth has been in Turin, Italy, for over 400 years and bears the faint front and back image of a 5-foot 10-inch-tall, bearded, crucified man with apparent wounds and bloodstains that match the crucifixion account as recorded in the Bible. Millions of people over the centuries have believed it to be the actual burial shroud of Jesus.
Its historical trail tracks back through Italy, France and Asia Minor (Turkey) and it may have originated in the Middle East, according to botanical evidence.
Skeptics have mounted numerous attempts to show how a medieval artist could have produced the image, but all have been inadequate to fully explain how it was formed. A team of 24 scientists in 1981 concluded it was not the work of an artist, as no visible traces of paint, pigment, dye or other artistic substance were found on the cloth.
The Shroud was largely dismissed again in 1988 when three carbon-dating laboratories indicated a medieval origin. However, chemical research published in a peer-review scientific journal in 2005 showed the sample, cut from the outside corner edge, may not have been part of the original Shroud material. Based on this new evidence, many scientists now believe the carbon dating result is inconclusive and should no longer be considered valid.
"Shroud Encounter" will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the image may have been formed.
This event is open to the public. Admission is $12. Seating is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door. Light refreshments will be served following the program. Information and tickets are available at www.stcatherine.info.
The presentation will take place in the church.