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Shroud of Turin replica to go on display in Shenandoah

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 18 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 20 2013 06:08:26 AM CST

It's one history's biggest questions.

SHENANDOAH, Pa. -

It's one of history's biggest questions.

Did a 15 foot cloth, the Shroud of Turin, cover Christ in death?

"As far as the Catholic Church stands, it's a symbol of the suffering of Jesus and stands as a hallmark to put our focus on what Jesus did for us," said Father Daniel Troyan.

Starting Sunday and for the next two weeks, one of nine authentic replicas, commissioned by the Pope of the Shroud of Turin, will be on display inside St. Michael's Catholic Church in Shenandoah, Schuylkill County.

The shroud has been surrounded in not only mystery but controversy too.

Nay-sayers would point to carbon dating as proof it's not real. But those with true faith say the evidence is indisputable.

"Any doubt in your mind that the shroud is not the burial cloth of Christ?" I asked the Monsignor Myron Grabowsky.

"No doubt at all," he said. "No man could paint or explain how the image was put on this shroud."

Through the years teams of researchers have tried to prove or disprove the belief, that the image seared into the cloth's material was made when Jesus died and then resurrected.

"The conclusion after many years of testing is that they really can't confirm it is or it isn't. But if you take all the evidence to a court of law, the court would determine it is," Troyan said.

What Father Daniel Troyan says is certain: historical fossils found on the shroud.

"The pollen and the different flowers used at the time of Christ in the first century are all on the shroud itself."

Troyan says this confirms the message Jesus gave in his gospels.

What do you believe? You can make the pilgrimage to Shenandoah to find out.