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1st Scientific Congress on the Shroud of Turin and the Oviedo Sudarium

On November 4, this congress of great interest will be held in Abarán (Murcia - Spain). The five speakers are top level specialists. And the congress will be closed by Emanuela Marinelli, a true world authority on the subject.


The objectives are:

  1. To analyze the figure of Jesus of Nazareth from the historical point of view.

  2. To relate the historical development of the Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo.

  3. To describe from the forensic point of view the wounds that are reflected in both canvases and that are related to the torture of Jesus of Nazareth according to the Gospels.

  4. Determine the qualitative correlation of both canvases according to the marks that are duplicated in both objects and that can be candidates to have the same origin.

  5. Establish the levels of mathematical correlation, linear and angular, on the clouds of similar points on the two canvases.


The speakers themselves will introduce the topics to be discussed:


The first speaker will be Andrés Brito Galindo, Master Executive Coach. Licensed in Sacred Theology. Technical Specialist in Computer Science. Producer of audiovisual contents. Expert in Corporate Social Responsibility. Trainer in Neurolinguistic Programming. Professor of Educational Anthropology at the Institute of Theology for the Laity of Tenerife. Professor of International Relations at the Miguel de Cervantes University of Valladolid. Member of EDICES (Research Team of the Spanish Center of Sindonology).

The second lecture of the morning will be given by Jorge Manuel Rodríguez Almenar, president of the Centro Nacional de Sindonología. Professor of Civil Law at the University of Valencia. Member of EDICES (Research Team of the Spanish Center of Sindonology) Doctor in Art History. Thesis on the subject "The Holy Shroud and its historical-artistic implications". Collaborating professor at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He is the curator of two traveling exhibitions: "Holy Shroud: a mystery that remains" and "The Holy Shroud of Oviedo". He has given almost 1500 conferences on the Holy Shroud, the Sudarium of Oviedo and the Holy Chalice of Valencia.



The morning ends with a lecture by Alfonso Sánchez Hermosilla, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. University of Murcia. Specialist in Family Medicine. Professor of Medicine and Forensic Anthropology at the Catholic University San Antonio (UCAM) of Murcia. Currently, he works as a Forensic Physician at the Institute of Legal Medicine of Murcia, (Subdirección Cartagena), an agency under the Ministry of Justice of Spain, where he is also head of Clinical Section. Member of the Spanish Society of Forensic Pathology, (SEPAF). Member of the Spanish Society of Paleopathology. Active member of the National Commission for the Study of Wounds from White and Firearms. Director of EDICES (Research Team of the Spanish Center of Sindonology), responsible for the study and legal and forensic medical evaluation of the Oviedo Sudarium. Vice-president of Research and director of the research team of the Spanish Center of Sindonology. Scholar of the Shroud of Turin with special attention to the medicolegal and forensic aspects. Member of the international advisory team of the Centro Internazionale di Studi sulla Sindone. Turin, Italy.


The afternoon will begin with a lecture by Juan Manuel Miñarro López: Doctor in Fine Arts. University of Seville. Professor at the University of Seville. Numerary member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Santa Isabel de Hungría of Seville. Former director of the Department of Sculpture and History of Plastic Arts. He teaches the following subjects: Descriptive Geometry, Polychrome Imagery, 2nd year Modeling, Sculptural Procedures and Techniques in the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Constructive Processes of Sculpture, in the new Degree of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage; and the subject of Sculptural Procedures in the new Degree of Fine Arts of the current curricula. Research Projects: Sculptural study of the Man of the Shroud of Turin. Research on the use of photogrammetry and development of a new method called 3D sections applied to the procedures of sculptural reproduction. He has directed numerous doctoral theses on subjects of his competence. Researcher of the Oviedo Sudarium. Responsible for the study of the correlation of existing information between the Oviedo Sudarium and the Turin Shroud. Scholar of the Shroud of Turin with special attention to the anatomical aspects and member of EDICES (Research Team of the Spanish Center of Sindonology).


The last conference will be developed by Pedro Peinado Rocamora, Member of EDICES (Research Team of the Spanish Sindonology Center) Doctor in Educational Technology. University of Murcia. University of Murcia (2018) Professor of Mathematics and Research Methodology; Coordinator of the Research Baccalaureate of IES Los Albares (Cieza) Degree in Business Administration and Management. University of Murcia (2003) Master MBA. ENAE (2003) Official Master in Elearning and Social Networks. International University of La Rioja (2013) Member of the DIMACE Research Team. International University of La Rioja National Award for Educational Quality Giner de los Ríos in the modality Secondary Scientific-Technological Area with the project "Planting numbers ", of the Ministry of Education Science and Sport (Spain) and BBVA Foundation, 2017. Regional Award for Educational Innovation in the Region of Murcia. "Research in the didactic orchard". Consejería De Educación CARM, 2017. National Award for the Development of Digital Resources "Online Mathematics Materials for students with learning difficulties in 3rd and 4th ESO". Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, 2015.

The closing of the Congress will be a luxury to be able to count on the presence of Emanuela Marinelli, whose curriculum is very extensive: graduated in Natural Sciences in 1973 and in Geological Sciences in 1977 at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", she attended two specialization courses at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and is qualified to teach Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Chemistry and Geography. Her first experimental thesis Uraninite, Pechblende and Gomite: thermal and diffractometric study in relation to Radon release aroused much interest and for this reason she was called to work from 1974 to 1975 with a two-year contract at the Institute of Mineralogy of the University of Rome "La Sapienza". In October 1975, during an excavation campaign near Rome during the XXIX congress of the Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology, she discovered a jawbone of a Palaeoloxodon antiquus. The study of this find is the basis of the second experimental thesis: Two Lazio localities with interesting Palaeoloxodon antiquus remains, with which he graduated with honors in 1977. After completing her university studies, she taught Geography for 36 years in public secondary schools.

Since 1977 she has written 21 books on the Shroud of Turin (some translated into several languages), as well as numerous articles on Shroud topics in magazines and newspapers, both popular and specialized.

He has given about 5000 lectures on the subject of the Shroud in various parts of Italy and in many foreign countries and has participated in several Shroud of Turin congresses.

She has been a member of the Roman Center of Sindonology since 1977 where she has also been a teacher. In 1987 she obtained the Diploma of Catechist Specialized in Catechesis of the Passion at the Vicariate of Rome. From 1987 to 2008 she participated as a teacher in numerous refresher courses for teachers of Catholic religion.

From 1998 to 2000 he taught Iconography, Iconology and Christian Symbology at the Orvieto (Terni) branch of LUMSA (Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta) and in 2001 he carried out the Sindonology exercises at the Roman History chair of the Roman branch of LUMSA. From 2010 to 2012 she gave lectures on the iconography of Christ and the Holy Shroud at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome as part of the Diploma of Specialization in Studies of the Holy Shroud.

She has been one of the promoters of the Collegamento pro Sindone movement since its foundation (1985), of the bimonthly newspaper of the same name, published from 1985 to 2000, and of its website born in 1997.

She was coordinator of the Organizing Committee of the World Congress of the Holy Shroud 2000 (Orvieto, August 27-29, 2000) and editor, together with Prof. Angelo Russi, of the publication of the corresponding Proceedings (Gerni Editori, 2002).

She collaborates with the NGO Observo Onlus for the Kwauso School project in Bukoba (Tanzania) and donates the proceeds from the sale of her books to this project.



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