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A new documentary about the Holy Shroud

2015-06-04

While the Holy Shroud has been seen by millions of people, some particulars escape the human eye. But technology can now discern details about the revered cloth that were previously unknown. A new Italian documentary, with a title that translates to "Shroud: History of a Mystery,” looks into the investigation in depth.

MSGR. DARIO VIGANO
Director, Vatican Television Center
"It is filmed with cinema-level cameras and a great job has been done with treating colors. This allows the viewer to watch, in just 50 minutes, a little debate about the Holy Shroud with ease.”

The documentary takes a fair approach, making arguments for and against the authenticity of the Holy Shroud. It also tells the story behind the Shroud, which may have been used to cover Christ's body.

ANDREA TORNIELLI
Writer, "Shroud: History of a Mystery”
"The point is to bring the mystery of the Shroud to the viewer. It is an image that continues to generate questions beyond its authenticity and medieval origins.”

The documentary also delves into the mystery of the picture taken by photographer Secondo Pia in 1898. His photographic negatives show an even clearer image of a man who resembles Christ. Since then, scientists, historians and researchers have found more questions than answers.

"It is precisely the nature of the image that has sparked the debate about its authenticity. The negatives from Pia, more than giving answers, have strengthened the mystery and animated the debate.”

ANDREA TORNIELLI
Writer, "Shroud: History of a Mystery”
"Today, like 50 years ago, we have fewer certainties about how this image came about. This explains the millions of people who have come before this piece of linen, which visually embodies the Passion of Christ.”

The Holy Shroud will be shown publicly until June 24th in Turin. Pope Francis will visit on the 21st. He will pray before the Shroud that has drawn non-believers and believers alike for centuries. 


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