Jalsa Salana Convention

Muslim Sect Believes Shroud Authentic

The Ventral Image on the Shroud of Turin as it appears on a photographic negative

Thanks to my good friend, Barrie Schwortz, world-renowned lecturer and photographer of the Shroud of Turin, I recently learned that at least one Muslim sect believes the Shroud to be the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ. This year Barrie will give his third keynote address to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community at the Jalsa Salana Convention in Hampshire, near London. This convention is attended by 35,000 people a day over three days. The largest tent seats 10,000 people and they are enthralled by a Jewish man (Barrie) speaking about a Christian relic before one of the twenty-seven sects of the Islamic faith. The Ahmadiyya Muslim sect has 150 million followers in 200 countries and is the fastest growing sect in Islam.

Their philosophy is “Love for all, hatred for none” which is also the address of their website: www.loveforallhatredfornone.org. Because this sect interprets some mainstream Muslim philosophies differently, they have been labeled heretics, ostracized and marginalized by the mainstream Muslim world. We rarely hear about Muslims expressing love for all, but instead hear about the Sunni and Shi’ite sects that have been violently battling one another for many centuries.

The Ahmadiyya accept that Jesus was crucified and buried with the Shroud. However, they believe the Shroud proves he survived all the tortures and escaped from the tomb to die in India. Today, we can visit the tomb of “Jesus” in Kashmir according to the Ahmadiyya.

As owner and manager of the largest website dedicated solely to all of the scientific and other evidence concerning the Shroud (www.shroud.com), Barrie gives his personal opinion to the convention attendees, that, based on expert opinion, the man of the Shroud was dead while he lay in the tomb. The convention is televised internationally and Barrie will give a report on his 2017 address at his website in September. You can also read his reports from the 2015 and 2016 conventions on his website (www.shroud.com).

My latest novel, The Hidden Saint, includes a historically accurate account of the huge crowds that gathered when Archbishop Charles Borromeo visited Turin shortly after the Shroud arrived there in the 16th century.  For additional information about the book, go to Amazon.net: goo.gl/MJaXfs

Television Appearance

How to Avoid a Poor Interview

Yesterday, I was interviewed on television regarding the publication of my latest book. I was asked what the book was all about. After I had mentioned a few of the facts found in the book, I realized that the interviewer wanted a summary of the entire book in no more than two or three minutes. In five minutes, I hadn’t finished the first chapter. It was a disaster. Returning home, I immediately summarized the novel as I should have earlier. This is the way it should have been reported:

The Hidden Saint tells the story of two men, one a historical figure and the other a fictitious figure. Carlo Borromeo, the historical figure, becomes Pope Pius IV’s secretary of state. He assumes his duties with fortitude and quickly progresses up the ecclesial ladder—a deacon, priest, bishop and finally archbishop of Milan. Taking on the reins of his archdiocese, Carlo dedicates his life to sanctifying its 3,000 clergy and 800,000 people by implementing the decrees of the recently concluded Council of Trent.

The fictitious character, Roberto Vecchi, is somewhat of a duplicitous individual. On the one hand, he faithfully serves his master, Carlo, for Roberto is a swordsman of remarkable skill and pride. On the other hand, Roberto hopes to benefit monetarily by Carlo’s rise up the ecclesial hierarchy. Carlo, aware of Roberto’s shortcomings, reminds him that within every man there lies a hidden saint. Roberto scoffs at this for he knows his own moral failings. And therein lies the story.