Hampton Church Hosts Shroud of Turin Presentation; Shroud of Turin Expert Russ Breault Makes His Living as a Roving Clearinghouse of Scientific Findings on the Reported Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ. [Derived Headline]

By Deasy, Deborah | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 17, 2016 | Go to article overview

Hampton Church Hosts Shroud of Turin Presentation; Shroud of Turin Expert Russ Breault Makes His Living as a Roving Clearinghouse of Scientific Findings on the Reported Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ. [Derived Headline]


Deasy, Deborah, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Shroud of Turin expert Russ Breault makes his living as a roving clearinghouse of scientific findings on the reported burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

But Breault declines to reveal whether he personally believes the famed shroud actually wrapped the lifeless, mortal body of Christianity's messiah.

"In my view, it remains an unsolved mystery," says Breault of Atlanta, president and founder of the Shroud of Turin Education Project. "The wonder of the shroud is all in its potential. ... What if this thing really is the authentic burial shroud of Jesus?"

Breault will lecture on the shroud's history and scientific revelations on March 5 and 6 at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Hampton.

Breault plans to screen about 200 slide images during his three illustrated talks: "Shroud Encounter - CSI Jerusalem," "The Day the Shroud Foiled Hitler" and "Seven Secrets of the Shroud."

"I try to present in a way that appeals to all audiences," he says.

Breault will show a life-size cotton canvas replica of the Shroud of Turin -- the 14-foot-by-42-inch, blood-and water-stained linen cloth believed to have wrapped Jesus Christ, from head to toe, according to Jewish burial customs.

The famed shroud also shows scorch marks after being damaged by a fire in 1532, Breault says.

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, currently houses the Shroud of Turin, which faintly bears the image of a 5- foot, 10-inch man's brutally scourged body pierced by nails, thorns and a sword.

"There's a pattern of blood stains that correlate with the wounds that Jesus incurred in the four gospels," Breault says.

Breault's cotton canvas replica shows the same marks, as recorded by Barrie Schwortz of Florissant, Colo., official photographer for the team of researchers who performed the shroud's first scientific exam in 1978.

Schwortz, a 1964 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School, later founded the nonprofit Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association Inc.. Breault serves on the association's board of directors.

"He's knowledgeable. He's passionate. He's thorough. He's worth every minute." Schwortz says about Breault.

Breault declined to reveal his religious affiliation.

"It's very important that we maintain a non-sectarian approach," says Breault, who has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Lewis University in Illinois and a master's degree in business administration from Columbus State University in Georgia. …

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