Shroud of Turin

How the first Selfie leads us to Christ!

Holy Mass celebrated before the Shroud of Turin, Photography by Mark Armstrong

I have been blessed to pray and attend Mass before the Holy Shroud of Turin in both 2010 and 2015. Today, The Holy Shroud or La Santa Sindone is out of public view at Duomo di Torino; Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista or the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Turin (Torino), Italy. There are no scheduled public exhibitions. Never did I imagine I […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—A Blessed Day in Turin

Holy Mass celebrated before the Shroud of Turin, Photography by Mark Armstrong

Travel Journal Day 8 — Final Day in Turin Most of the two million people who will see the Shroud of Turin this spring will wait sometimes hours just to stand for three minutes to pray before it; as we did yesterday. Few of the pilgrims know, as I found out on my last visit here in 2010, that anyone can come […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—From Pisa to Turin and the Shroud

The Italian Alps, Photography by Mark Armstrong

Travel Journal Day 7 — Arrival in Turin When my fourteen-year-old daughter Teresa and I left Turin five years ago, I never expected to see the Shroud of Turin again in my lifetime.  God had other plans for our family.  After leaving Pisa this afternoon, we boarded a train and traveled first along the Italian coast and then crossed the mountain passes […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—Day Two

Statue of St. Paul at the Entrance to St. Peter's Bascilica Photography by Mark Armstrong

Travel Journal Day Two, May 8, 2015 arriving in Rome, the Eternal City. Touching down at the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport this morning felt like a blessing beyond surviving twenty hours in the air and the usual turbulence. Just prior to leaving Bismarck, we learned of a massive fire that shut down the terminal we were scheduled to land at in Italy. The […]

One Family’s Novena to Italy—Day One

St. Peter's Basilica at Night (and Ponte Sant Angelo over the Tiber)

Travel Journal Day One, May 7, 2015: Leaving Bismarck, North Dakota through Chicago to Rome. I have to admit I never really thought that I needed to see Italy or Rome or the Vatican to deepen my faith. After a 2010 visit, I came home and told my bride Patti that I was wrong about that. In 2010, I took […]

We are Pilgrims on a Journey

I am writing this newsletter from the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  I arrived here after some three weeks in Italy fresh from our Shroud of Turin tour.  I have two days in Tabgha before our next group of pilgrims joins Steve Ray and me for our June Holy Land visit.  My hotel, is the German run Catholic retreat […]