I think the expressions on everyone's faces indicate there was a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment amongst all those involved. Luigi Gonella was the Scientific Advisor to the Archbishop of Turin in 1978 and still held that position ten years later, during the radiocarbon dating of the Shroud.
Physicist Eric Jumper, then of the Air Force Academy, was the co-founder of the STURP team. Jose Cottino was titled the "Keeper of the Shroud" and held one of the three keys to its reliquary. Adam Otterbein was President of the Holy Shroud Guild that acted as our liason with Turin and King Umberto.
You should find this an excellent way to sample the evolving content of this website.
And you can also view every previous year's Website News pages at the links below: Sorry for the very long silence, as it has been a full six months since our last website update.
It was based on this plan that King Umberto authorized our historic 1978 examination of the Shroud.
As part of our 40th anniversary celebration we are making the original Test Plan, formally titled, Operations Test Plan For Investigating the Shroud of Turin by Electromagnetic Radiation at Various Wavelengths, available online to everyone for the very first time.
In fact, that is the longest we have ever gone without an update in our 22 year history.
Our major computer crash in January was immediately followed by the busiest travel and lecture schedule I have had in years.
They will be the distinctive program with which the Diocese of Turin, together with other Italian ones, are preparing for the embrace with the Pope in Rome, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August and, especially at the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled for October 2018 on the theme "Young people, faith and vocational discernment".
There is a huge backlog of material that I have included in this update, so let's get started.
Here is the Update Table of Contents: The above (never-before published) photograph was taken at the press conference held on Saturday, October 14, 1978, the morning after STURP ended their historic scientific examination of the Shroud and the day the cloth was returned to its reliquary.
Since then, the International Center of Sindonology (CIS) in Turin has provided us with some updated information, including several links to Italian language websites about the event.
The first of these is to a Press Conference website titled, "10 Paths for the Pilgrimage of Young People to the Shroud." Below is an online English language translation of the page.