In 2010, and for the first time, it will be possible to see the Holy Shroud following the intervention it underwent in 2002: a conservation and restoration operation during which pieces of cloth that had been burned in the Chambery fire of 1532, and the various “patches” applied by the Poor Clares, were removed, together with the Holland cloth to which the Shroud had been fastened in 1534, with the Holy Linen now placed on a new support.
New and more detailed information will be provided along the introductory route to the Shroud which, among other things, will also include, in the pre-reading area, super high resolution photographic documents.”
Exciting Shroud Discovery in the Wignacourt Museum in Rabat Malta!
St.Paul's Grotto-click the video below to see the Pope's visit to the Grotto
It was whilst revisiting the beautiful grotto where St. Paul is said to have resided after his shipwreck on Malta in A.D.60 that I made an amazing discovery! Following a passage leading from the Grotto entrance I found myself in the Wignacourt Museum opposite the Church. On the top floor tucked away and displayed unceremonially on a wall is one of the few surviving authenticated relic reproductions of the Shroud of Turin - lovingly referred to here as the Shroud of Rabat!
The following description is courtesy "St.Paul's Grotto, Church and Museum", Edited by the Museum Curator, Mgr.John Azzopardi, and published by Progress Press Malta. Copies of this comprehensive work are available at the Museum. The article in question is by Br. Michael Buttigieg F.S.C. and I thank Fr. Azzopardi for permission to reproduce part of it for you here. - Dr. Peter J. Shield
The Shroud of Rabat
The Holy Shroud of Turin
The Holy Shroud of Turin is reputed to be the Shroud in which the dead Body of Christ was wrapped before He was laid in the tomb. Matthew specifies that the Shroud was 'new and clean'; John says that Jesus 'was buried in the manner of the Jews'; Matthew adds that Joseph's tomb was 'his own, and hewn in the rock.' In a recent talk on "The Healing Mystery and the New Testament" Dr Wolfgang C. Schuler, expressed his firm opinion that the Holy Shroud of Christ was in Malta, albeit for a brief time. He said:"Let me show you a few pictures of this outstanding document, the shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus. . . Later it was transferred to Edessa (today URFA, in TURKEY) a flourishing community, of that time, where it became famous as the 'Mandylion' or the "Picture of Edessa". Under dramatic circumstances it came to CONSTANTINOPLE (Istanbul) in 994, where it mysteriously disappeared in 1204 a. Ch. French knights, of the Crusader Order of Knights Templars, the 'Poor knights of Christ of the Temple of SOLOMON', brought it to French; on the way they must have stopped at MALTA to take fresh water and food.Today it is kept in Turin, Italy. It really is the first photograph about 1900 years before the invention of photography, because it actually is a photographic negative. . ." Whenever such a reproduction was obtained the Shroud was held in veneration by the faithful. We find such reproductions in several countries: there is one in Belgium and another in Argentina; two in France and two others in Portugal; thirteen in Spain and nineteen in Italy, besides the original one in Turin. One of these reproductions held in Spain interests us very specially. It was obtained through the good offices of a Grand Prior of the Knights of Malta. Fr Domenico Leone writes: "Francisco Lucas Bueno, Bishop of Malta and Grand Master of the Religion of St John in the year 1650, obtained a copy (of the Shroud of Turin) from the Royal Savoy Family. On October 8, 1652 he sent the Shroud to Saragossa to the Lord Receiver of St John, who in turn entrusted it to Antonio Bueno and Andres Martinez of Campillo de Aragon. These (Bueno and Martinez) gave it to the people of Campillo. This Relic is kept over the altar in a chapel constructed for the purpose and is guarded by two strong doors in gold." There is in Rabat a large reproduction of the Turin Shroud. It measures 293.5 cm and is 101 cm large; the frame is 7 cm wide. 12 Unfortunately little is known of this Rabat Shroud. Research is still being carried about it. What we know for certain is that the Archbishop of Turin, Michael Beyamus, testifies in 1663 its authenticity. This is what he states: "To all and every person living at present or in the future, We attest and in truth declare that on the fifteenth day of last May, when the Most Sacred Shroud in which the Most Sacred Body of Christ had been placed by Joseph of Arimathea (which without any doubt is kept in our Metropolitan Church in the Royal Chapel) was being shown to the large number of people frequenting the Church, in the presence of the King of the State of Savoy, the above drawn image herewith attached, was moved near the original Most Sacred Shroud and We made it touch it(Le. the original) and We guarded it." And, continues Archbishop Beyamus on the same document: "This is the truth. We therefore ordered that these our (letters) signed by our own hand, be made and signed and strengthened by our usual sea1." This authenticated document kept in Rabat bears the date of June 20, 1663; it is signed by Archbishop Michele Beyamus and countersigned by Neromi, probably the Notary of the Archdiocese of Turin. Two important facts arise from this document: 1. the date of the 'Ostensione' (public showing) of the Shroud of Turin is given as may 15, 1663; 2. the Reproduction (or the Rabat Shroud) was brought near the Turin Schroud and made to touch it. (admovimus- eamque tangere fecimus). The author of the present article, through correspondence, sought for information in Turin. Don Piero Coero Borga 14 made research and kindly forwarded the following information: * Michele Beyamus (of Beggiamo) dei Signori di S. Albano e di Carere, was Bishop of Turin between 1662 and 1689. Before he had been bishop of Mondovi. * The records of the various 'Ostensioni' testify that in 1663 this solemn Ostensione was not held at the usual date, Le., May 4. The recent death of the Duchess of Parma caused the postponement; it was held on the 16/17 May of that year, 1663. This agrees with the date given by Archbishop Beyamus on the Certificate, Le. 15 May, 1663. * This particular 'Ostensione' is specially recorded because it coincided, perhaps intentionally, with the solemn wedding of the Duke of Savoy, Carlo Emmanuele II with Francesca d'Orleans. Don Piero remarks that the 'solemn Ostensione' and much more the royal wedding were described in great detail by Count Abbot Emmanuele Tesaure. This is all we know so far about the Rabat Shroud when it was still in Turin. Now, when was it brought to Malta? By whom? How was it received? Who received it? What veneration was it given? More patient research may give the answer to these and similar questions. Nothing is known about the Rabat Shroud for the next nineteen years. The relations between the Savoy Royal Family and the Knights of St John were then, as for many years after, excellent. In the National Library of Valletta there are letters sent by Duke Carlo Emmanuele II, and after his death by other Heads of the State of Savoy, to Grand Master Nicholas Cotoner. In 1663, the year of the certificate of the Rabat Shroud by Archbishop Beyamus, on April 30, Carlo Emmanuele II wrote to Cotoner to announce his forthcoming marriage; on June 24, 1664, Carlo informed Cotoner of the birth of his first child, "il primogenito". He added that he hoped "che il figlio sara erede anche dell'affetto mio verso la Religione." Nineteen years after the Turin Certificate we find another mention of the Rabat Shroud. The 'Account Books' preserved in the St Paul's Grotto Archives reveal that "On April 13, 1682 two men transported the frame of the most holy Shroud from Valletta to Rabat; they were paid 4 scudi. On the following day, April 14, Master Guglielmo Alfart was paid 5 scudi for measuring and fixing the above mentioned frames in the Sacristy ofSt Publius." The 'Inventario Generale' under the section 'Mobili della Sacrestia' in 1756 records the presence of "Un Ritratto del SS. Sudario con cornice indorata".This attestation is repeated in the subsequent 'Inventario' of 1779
The Wignacourt Collegiate Museum may be found to the right of St.Paul's Church in Rabat, - built above the Grotto where it is believed St. Paul spent three months after being shipwrecked on Malta in A.D. 60.
The M’dina promontory, used by the local Bronze Age culture, was transformed into the city of MLT by the Phoenicians and expanded by the Romans to the city of Melite. This Roman town extended from present day M’dina to the area occupied today by St. Paul's Church in Rabat. In fact the latter church and the straight street (St. Rita) in front of it stands on a man made depression considered to be the Roman ditch of this city. On various occasions remains of this Roman city have been found, the most noteworthy of which being the remains of the Roman domus often erroneously referred to as the Roman Villa
St. Paul's Church - Rabat
As burials were only allowed outside the city walls, an extensive burial site
has resulted in what today is the Southern part of Rabat. Here two main sites are known.
A space formerly used as a chapel greets the visitor to St. Paul's Catacombs,which consists of a central communal cemetery to which a number of small hypoegea have been attached.
A second complex is found further down the road and is known as St. Agatha's catacombs. Once again a chapel this time embellished with a series of medieval frescoes is found just below the modern entrance, and a passage to the right leads into a series of family hypogea that can be visited in this place.
Did Leonardo Da Vinci paint the Shroud in his own image? Watch this amazing video!
August 14-17,2008 International Shroud of Turin Convention Ohio State University - Blackwell Hotel. Announcement by Los Alamos National Lab. project leader Robert Villarreal, that the carbon testing of the Shroud in 1988 was misleading. LANL verified that material dated from adjacent to the C-14 sample was confirmed to contain at least some yarns of cotton. Since we don't have the entire C-14 sample to analyze we don't know exactly what it was (however, it is likely that it was both linen and cotton). In any case, the main Shroud is pure linen so this finding is suspicious of a later repair in the C-14 area.- not representative of the Linen body of the Shroud image area! Pope announces the next public viewing of the Shroud will take place in Turin in 2010 and not 2025 as previously announced! http://Shroud.com for further information and full details.