At the start of the lecture, Monsignor Giuseppe Ghiberti and Prof. Pier Luigi Baima Bollone showed the audience a special documentary about the Shroud, and then told them a number of interesting facts about the Shroud. For example, the fabric is a unique material and it has proven very difficult to find a matching sample of fabric, and the blood that is believed to come from Jesus Christ has a very uncommon structure. The lecture lasted more than two hours and raised a great amount of interest among the listeners.
Prof. Bollone admitted: "I have come to faith through science - no matter how paradoxical it may seem. When I made the scientific findings - that the linen is indeed the burial cloth of Palestine from the beginning of our era - it became obvious to me that it is a real proof that the person whose body was wrapped in the cloth is of Semitic descent, and the torments that he endured before his death are identical to those described in the Gospel. It put me in awe. It´s hard, but it is impossible not to ask myself a thousand questions that are not able to be answered by science. "
Monsignor Giuseppe Ghiberti is a professor of philology and exegesis of the New Testament at the Catholic University of Milan and the Theological Department at Turin, and is Honorary President of the Diocesan Commission for the Shroud of Turin. He is also the author of numerous publications on biblical studies and of topics related to the Shroud of Turin.
Pier Luigi Baima Bollone is a Professor of Forensic Medicine of the Medical Faculty of the University of Turin, a retired president of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin, and is the author of numerous scientific publications on the study of the Shroud.