MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology will host “The Shroud of Turin” April 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gleason Performing Arts Center on campus. The last public exhibition of the original shroud was in Turin, Italy, in 2010. The university event, free and open to the community, will give the public a rare opportunity to view one of the few Church-sanctioned full body replicas of the shroud.
First appearing in the 14th century, the shroud is a linen cloth that contains an image that resembles a man commonly associated with Jesus Christ. The shroud’s origins and image are the subject of intense debate among scientists, theologians, historians and researchers. The original is now housed in Turin’s royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
Presenter Donald H. Nohs is the associate general director of the Confraternity of the Passion International, a worldwide lay organization affiliated with the Passionist Order. One of the world’s leading authorities on the shroud, he has over 40 years of research experience and has lectured for the past 25 years.
Also to be exhibited are authentic replicas of the “Crown of Thorns,” the “Nails,” the “Roman Flagrum” (whip); the “Spear,” and the “Coin over the Eyes.” The audience is invited to make a free will offering after the presentation.
The exhibition will be brought to the university by Florida Tech’s Catholic Campus Ministry. For more information, call (321) 674-8045, or visit www.confraternityofthepassioninternational.org.