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Turin Shroud draws a crowd

WALSENBURG— More than 200 people came to St. Mary Catholic Church in Walsenburg last Friday evening to hear Dr. John (on the left) and Mrs. Rebecca Jackson of the Shroud of Turin Center speak on the scientific research to which they have devoted the last 50 years of their lives. Dr. Jackson, a physicist, began his research on the Shroud as a captain in the US Air Force when he became intrigued with the idea of radiation as the possible cause of the image present on the ancient linen cloth thought to be the burial cloth of Jesus.

Leaving theological conclusions to the individual, he presented the results of years of research drawn from data collected by a team of 40 scientists he presided over in 1975, the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP). The team was given unimpeded access to the cloth by the Catholic Church for five days, during which time they photographed, measured, sampled, and x-rayed the artifact.

The audience on Friday were from a variety of faith backgrounds and denominations, as well as being from as far away as New Mexico and the eastern plains of Pueblo County. Photo by Mary Jo Tesitor

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