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Shrouded in mystery

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MYSTERY OR HISTORY:A replica of the Shroud of Turin-- the linen cloth some believe enveloped the body of Christ – will rest in Peru for this week.
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STUDYING UP:A visitor to the St. Charles Borromeo Church’s Man of the Shroud Traveling Exhibit reads one of the 92 panels explaining the data and methods used to prove the Shroud of Turin’s authenticity.

Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com

For this week, Miami County residents will have the chance to come to Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Peru to get an intimate look at a replica of what is said to be the “most studied artifact in human history” – the Shroud of Turin.

The Shroud – allegedly first discovered in the 12th century – is believed by many to be the very linen that surrounded the body of Jesus Christ when he was buried in his tomb.

Throughout centuries of testing and speculation, the cloth found its place in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Piedmont, northern Italy.

The Shroud of Turin’s storied and debated past is of mythical proportions, but an exact replica is in Peru for those interested in viewing on their own.

According to St. Charles Borremeo’s Director of Evangelization and Youth Ministry Katie Slonina, the Man of the Shroud Traveling Exhibit will be on church grounds for its inaugural visit to Miami County until Dec. 7, and is a spectacle.

“It’s a great witness to the faith,” Slonina said. “It’s something tangible within Christianity that helps us understand who Jesus was.”

Slonina went on to say the exhibit argues the authenticity of the original shroud by use of scientific, historical and forensic evidences.

According to the website of the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown, the exhibit comes after a quarter century of research by the combined efforts of Monsignor Giulio Ricci, the Center for the Study of the Passion of Christ and other scientists.

“The mobile exhibit contains a large crucified corpus showing the wounds of Christ corresponding to the passion narrative in the Gospel accounts and the wounds shown on the Shroud,” the website reads. “The exhibit contains 92 panels detailing the history and science of the Shroud.”

Those interested in attending may stop in the St. Charles Borromeo Church offices and school on 80 W. Fifth St. and take in the exhibit between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. this week.