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Concerning the question of the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin:
I was born in Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, Québec, Canada on august 27, 1973. I was raised in the Catholic faith by 2 loving parents who are married since 1970. I studied Geography at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières between 1992 and 1995 and graduated that last year. And since april 1997, I work as a cartographer in the country planning department of a municipal office located in Louiseville, which is about 35 kilometers from by hometown. As you can see, I have no hard scientific formation, but nevertheless, I should say that I’ve always been passionate by everything that touch science, especially the fields of astronomy, biology, genetic and psychiatry. I’m also very interested by history, archaeology (especially biblical archaeology) and theology.
On the other hand, since I can recall, I’ve always been fascinated by the story of Jesus-Christ. I always had some kind of faith in him but I can say that my faith as grown enormously since I became an adult. I go to mass every Sunday since the end of 2006 and I can say that I’m very proud to be Catholic. I consider myself as some kind of a liberal Catholic for some subjects and as a conservator for other subjects. In the end, the term “free thinker” would apply perfectly for a person like me.
Concerning the Shroud, I recall meeting this relic for the first time in 1992, shortly after the death of the father of my mother (my grand-father). We inherit of his collection of journals and because he was a passionate of history just like me, there was many numbers of an excellent French journal called Historia. On the front page of one of them, there was a negative photo of the Shroud and I was already fascinated by it. This was in fact a special number published in 1989 and dedicated to the Shroud and the recent radiocarbon dating. Looking back at this issue, what was very interesting is the tone of the main article. Effectively, there was a great honesty on the part of the journalist who wasn’t ready to associate definitely the Shroud with a medieval forgery. It is a blessing that my first encounter with the Shroud was through this kind of open-minded article because if it would have been some kind of anti-Shroud article, maybe that would have discouraged me to go deeper into the subject.
I have to say that for many years after that, the Shroud didn’t occupied more space in my mind than mysteries like UFOs, but at the beginning of the 2000s, I started to read and reflect on the subject. The first book I bought was the great classic A Doctor at Calvary written by the French surgeon Pierre Barbet. Again, that reading was a blessing for me because it is a very complete inquiry about the Shroud with lots of facts and observations, which gave me a solid base of knowledge about it and forced me to reflect a lot, not only on the question of the mysterious body image but also on the question of all the bloodstains present on the cloth. Barbet described many interesting hypotheses in his book and it encouraged me to start a quest for the truth that still goes on today. I have to say that there is one man who really helped me in this quest and his name is Barrie Schwortz (the official documenting photographer for the STURP team in 1978). Barrie gave me great support and shared many interesting scientific papers on the subject with me (via his great website Shroud.com and also via personal sending). Without his precious support, I would not know half of the things I know now about the Shroud of Turin. I also want to say that I see this quest for truth concerning the Shroud as an interesting mix of science and spirituality and honestly, I can say that this quest had and still has a very good effect on my faith in Christ and my spiritual life in general. In particular, I can honestly say that the Shroud of Turin has been a great light for me in order to deepen my understanding concerning the Incarnation of God. On the Shroud, I truly believe that we can traced a lot of proofs (particularly in all the data that come from the bloodstains) of this great mystery of an All Loving God who love us so much that he freely accepted to share our human nature !
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Thank you Yannick for this monumental contribution, which will act as a great resource for the Sindonology's community.