In commemoration of that historic event, we will be celebrating the anniversary year with some special materials in each of our regular updates and culminating with a Special STURP Update on October 8, 2018, 40 years to the day that we began our examination of the Shroud in 1978.
This update also brings you seven more issues of Rex Morgan's Shroud News, more information on the special youth pilgrimage and Shroud exhibition authorized by Pope Francis for August 2018, announcement of an international conference in 2019, obituaries for several departed Shroud scholars, many new books, papers, articles, videos and much more.
The press conference on the streets held on Friday 4 May at the Circolo della Stampa at Palazzo Ceriana in Turin, the headquarters of the Piedmontese Order of Journalists, served to take stock of the stages of approach to the highlights of the initiative: those until August 12th.
In fact, that is the longest we have ever gone without an update in our 22 year history.
Our major computer crash in January was immediately followed by the busiest travel and lecture schedule I have had in years.
I think you will find it enlightening as it clearly demonstrates the thoroughness and care that STURP exhibited in planning their research.
It creates a benchmark and provides an example that future Shroud researchers can use to carefully plan their own work.