View an exact replica of the Shroud of Turin along with free-standing
museum board exhibits representing the Shroud's science, history, and
religious significance and hear one of the world's foremost photographic
experts on the Shroud
TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - Although the Vatican has not yet declared whether
the famed Shroud of Turin is genuine or a forgery, Aldo Guerreschi of Turin,
Italy has no doubts. As the official photographer of the Royal House of Savoy,
who used to own the Shroud, he has been close to the controversial cloth many
On May 16, 2009, Mr. Guerreschi will share his expertise and bring along
an exact replica of the Shroud. This event, which will take place at the
University of Toronto's Convocation Hall, will provide an unique opportunity
to discuss the latest discoveries on the Shroud's history, characteristics,
medical and scientific studies of what is reputed to be Jesus' actual burial
"At a time when atheists are putting ads on buses saying God does not
exist, it will be interesting to hear from someone who has personally seen
this burial cloth and can show us pictures and talk about the tests that have
been done on it," says Dr. Ken Kucher, a conference organizer.
"Carbon 14 dating results seemed to indicate the Shroud was too new to be
a 2000 year-old burial cloth. However, since the Carbon 14 tests were
conducted in 1988, an increasing body of scientists are raising doubts about
the methodology used to generate the results. Mr. Guerreschi is one of the
world's foremost photographic experts on the Shroud and can discuss Carbon 14
testing, photo negatives, NASA image analysis, 3 dimensionality, blood,
pollen, human footprint analysis and unsolved mysteries."
He will be joined by another Shroud expert, Chantal Garde, of Paris,
France who will give a presentation of the Passion of Jesus as revealed by the
Shroud and Jesus' seven last words on the cross. The museum board exhibit of
the Turin Shroud will be from the Vancouver Shroud Association's Man of the
Shroud Exhibition as well as the Fraternity of the Holy Face in France.
Conference attendees will have a rare opportunity to hear from a
Vatican-trained exorcist, Father Joseph Iannuzzi. Former assistant to Fr.
Gabriel Amorth, chief exorcist of Rome, he will talk on the spiritual weapons
necessary to fight the devil. He is currently an exorcist in his diocese in
Michigan and trains other exorcists.
Other speakers include Artie Boyle from Boston, and Char Vance from New
Orleans. Boyle, father of NHL's Los Angeles Kings forward Brian Boyle, was
diagnosed with kidney cancer which spread to his lungs. Char Vance, owner of
several radio stations in Louisiana, suffered a horrendous accident that
doctors said required the amputation of her leg. Both received medically
inexplicable and documented healings in Medjugorje, a Marian Shrine in
Bosnia-Herzegovina where the mother of Jesus is said to appear regularly.
Boyle's story was featured on ABC's Good Morning America in November 2004.
Retired Toronto Bishop Pearse Lacey will be the Mass concelebrant at the
conclusion of the Marian Day.
This event is open to media. To arrange pictures and interviews with
speakers, please call the Ave Maria Centre: 416-251-4245 or 1-800-663-MARY.
See www.MarianDay.ca for background information and event timetable.
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Place: Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, 31 Kings College Circle
(College and St. George Streets)
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $6 for youth, free to clergy.
For further information:
For further information: To arrange pictures and interviews with
speakers, please call the Ave Maria Centre: (416) 251-4245, 1-800-663-MARY