The True Icon
Face to face with The True Icon
Bestselling author Paul Badde offers historic
view of the Shroud of Turin
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 13, 2012 – The Shroud of Turin is one of the most famous relics in the world. Scrutinized by scientists and studied by debunkers, it also is honored around the globe by countless faithful devoted to the mysterious image of a crucified man that appears on the cloth.
In The True Icon, available from Ignatius Press, German investigative reporter and bestselling author Paul Badde travels from the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem through Europe tracing the history and travels of what arguably is the most-investigated piece of cloth in human history. Along the way, he notes that the rediscovery of another ancient piece of cloth – the Holy Veil of Manoppello – actually answers questions that have kept some from acknowledging the Shroud as the cloth Joseph of Arimathea used to wrap Christ’s body for burial.
“The Shroud is an icon written in blood; the blood of a man who was scourged, crowned with thorns, crucified and whose right side was pierced,” said Pope Benedict XVI. “The image impressed upon the Shroud is that of a dead man, but the blood speaks of his life. Every trace of blood speaks of love and of life.”