• Robert Villarreal (1936-2018) of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away on March 8, 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He is best known in Shroud circles for heading a team of eight colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory that verified and confirmed the observations of Ray Rogers regarding the anomalous nature of the 1988 radiocarbon dating sample (Barrie Schwortz,, June 21, 2018)

  • Chapel of the Shroud: preparation has begun in sight of extraordinary youth worship

    At work in the Cathedral of Turin from March 14 in preparation for the appointment of August 10, 2018.

    Logo Sinodo 2018Work began on March 14, 2018 in the Cathedral of Turin for the preparation of the chapel of the Shroud in view of the extraordinary veneration of young people to be held on the night of August 10, 2018. At the beginning of the work the Pontifical Custodian Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia, archbishop of Turin, was present. The planned works concern lighting and the approach path to the chapel.

    The pilgrimage of the young people of the dioceses of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta was planned in preparation for the meeting that all the young people of Italy will have with Pope Francis in Rome in the days of August 15, 2018 and that will be a moment of prayer and confrontation for the World Synod on Youth, which will be held in Rome in October.

    The young people, coming from days of walking on foot in our regional territory, will meet together in the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale on August 9, and then they will proceed to the Cathedral on the evening of August 10. The visit to the Shroud, reserved for pilgrims, is the final moment of this "journey" before leaving for Rome. Registration has been opened and requests are already being received from dioceses outside the region and from abroad. Even the veneration of the Shroud of the young people, next August, promises therefore to be "international".

    This moment of visit is not an exhibition, but a new and different way of approaching the Shroud, an icon of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, but also an extraordinary sign of hope and new life.

    On the website it can be found all the details of the journey of preparation for the extraordinary veneration of August, together with information for the registration to the pilgrimage.(Diocese of Turin, March 14, 2018)

Maria Grazia SILIATO


  • A renowned sindonologist has left us: on March 2, 2018 in Lanuvio (Rome) countess Maria Grazia Siliato passed away at the age of 91 years old. Passionate about history and archeology, she had published various articles about the Shroud for Piemme. She was a delegate for Italy of the C.I.E.L.T. (Centre International d’Etudes sur le Linceul de Turin) of Paris (France). We will remember with nostalgia her brilliant conferences (Corriere della SeraMarch 4, 2018)