The Shroud

Italy: Bernardo Provenzano aka Binnu u tratturi was a member of the Sicilian Mafia (Cosa Nostra). He was a suspected of being the head of the Corleonesi. a Mafia faction from the town of Corleone and de facto capo di tutti capi (boss of bosses) of the entire Sicilian Mafia.

Bernardo was arrested in 2006 after the successful re creation of his picture from 1959 by the Italian detectives.

Recently the image of Jesus as a 12 year old boy was re created with the same technology using the Turin Shroud.

The Turin Shroud is an ancient linen sheet regarded as holy by some Christians. It is the burial cloth that wrapped Christ's body after his crucifixion and contains the imprint of his face.

According to some historians the Shroud was owned by the Byzantine emperors however it disappeared during the Fourth Crusade in1204. During the fourth crusade many things of immeasurable values were vandalized, stolen some were destroyed.

Around the years 1353 to 1357, it was in the possession of a French Knight, Geoffroi de Charny, who was killed in the battle of Poitiers in 1356.

In 1578 Emmanuel Philibert the Duke of Savoy brought the shroud from Chambéry to Turin. But before that in 1532, the shroud suffered damage from a fire. Then the Poor Clare Nuns tried to fix it with patches. The Shroud was repaired again in 1694 by Sebastian Valfre to improve the repairs made by the nuns. Then another repair was made in 1868 by Clotilde of Savoy. In 1983, it was given to the Holy see. In 2002, it was restored again.

Many argued that the shroud is not real. Beside that it was damaged and repaired many times, many think that the shroud was just a work of someone who was a forger and murderer.

In 1958 Pope Pius XII approved the shroud to be revered. Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI Pope have both described the Shroud of Turin as "an icon." Pope Saint John Paul II said the Shroud "a mirror of the Gospel".

The shroud will be exhibited on June 21 to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of St John Bosco, a 19th century monk. The monk worked to educate the less fortunate children in his time.

The Shroud is displayed until June 24 2015, free of charge but by appointment.



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