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  • A great Shroud scholar has gone back to the Father's House. Mario Moroni passed away yesterday at 84  years of age and he was one of the great Shroud scholars. He was a scholar, but also a great person. The books he used to prepare the "lessons" he held in front of the students of the schools in Brianza have remained on his desk. He lived in Robbiate, where also were the headquarters of the group of scholars who, together with him, had deepened the studies on the Sacred Cloth.Synopsized in the 22 panels of the traveling exhibit with which he illustrated the detailed studies, such as the simulation of the 1532 Chambéry fire, and the results obtained. His interest towards the Shroud dated back to the 1978 Exhibition. Besides the specialized library, with 500 books, he had hundreds of publications and dozens of folders with the results of the experiments carried out in 35 years. He also wrote books. The last one, "Lungo le strade della Sindone", was written in collaboration with Francesco Barbesino. (www.merateonline.it/ - April 3, 2017)

  • A new congress about the Shroud will be held in Pasco (USA) from July 19th to 22nd. All information regarding the congress is available on the website: www.shroudconference2017.com (Emanuela Marinelli - January 7, 2017)

  • Lennox Manton A tribute in honour of his longstanding services to the British Society for the Turin Shroud.

Amongst Lennox's many interests was the Turin Shroud, the so controversial cloth that allegedly wrapped Jesus' dead body after his crucifixion.  Lennox joined the British Society for the Turin Shroud not long after its foundation in the late 1970s, at a time when media interest in the topic was particularly intense. Thereafter he was a regular attendee whenever the Society hosted lectures in London, in later years making special train journeys from Stirling for this purpose.  Lennox also pursued his own original researches into the subject, alongside furthering one of his other research passions, the travels of St. Paul.   Both of these lines of research took him to Turkey, where in the case of the Shroud he pioneered exploration of the rock-cut churches of Cappadocia, very ably photographing - amongst much else - their often badly damaged but Shroud-inspired depictions of the Christ Pantocrator, also hitherto little-known depictions of the Image of Edessa, the Eastern Orthodox Church's fabled  'lost' cloth imprinted with Christ's image, controversially identified with the  Shroud.

In April 1994 Lennox gave a very memorable illustrated  lecture on  these researches to a well-attended meeting of the British Society for the Turin Shroud held at the New Cavendish Club in London.  Later the same year his monograph of the same findings was published from Australia by Australian promoter of Shroud studies Rex Morgan, MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). Although my wife Judith and I emigrated to Australia the following year (quite independently of the  Rex Morgan connection!), Lennox regularly kept in touch with us throughout the two decades since.  Only in the most recent years did what had been emails from him lapse back to conventional  postal communications, at which point  Lennox graphically described his and Ruth's herculean efforts trying to stay as independent as possible despite their nonagenarian vintage!

Lennox was blessed with a diversity and universality of interests, amongst these the medical science that was necessary for his dental profession and the art and history knowledge that was necessary for his Capadocian rock paintings studies, a universality that is sadly becoming all too rare in today's so specialist  and  so communications-obsessed twenty-first century world.  When carbon dating tests carried out on the Turin Shroud in 1988 were widely broadcast as 'proving' the cloth to be a medieval fake Lennox, unlike so many others,  most admirably held steadfast to his own  longstanding 'authentic' opinion,  for me personally  a most valued source of support and reassurance at a very difficult time. Throughout the decades that I have known Lennox I have felt privileged by his friendship.  He invariably presented as a paragon of integrity, wide knowledge, quiet faith, gentle humour and sound sense.  He richly deserved the long and  full life that he enjoyed.  Even though I mourn the death of yet another old friend, I can only feel grateful to have known him, and to have learned that he died with dignity and peace on the 14th of February 2017. (Ian Wilson – February 24, 2017)


 

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