** The Shroud of Turin, the 14 foot long linen cloth that many think was placed on Jesus Christ at the time of his burial, was hidden and secretly venerated by Medieval Knights for more than 100 years, the Vatican announced Sunday.
The Knights Templar, the religious order that existed for two centuries during the Crusades in the Middle Ages, took care of the cloth and kept it from falling into the hands of heretical groups, Vatican researchers said.
The cloth was kept between 1204 and the middle of the 14th century. The Shroud was moved to various European cities until it was aquired by the savoy dynasty in Turin in the 16th century. It became the property of the Vatican in 1983.
According to Dr. Barbara Frale, a researcher in the Vatican secret Archives, the Shroud had disappeared in the sack of Constantinople in 1204 during the fourth Crusade, and did not resurface again until the middle of the 14th century. And it’s this time period that the Vatican accounts for.
The Shroud is now kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. It was last publicly exhibited in 2000, and is due to go on display next year.**
This is why I am so very proud to be Catholic. Not only did the Catholic church compile the bible and kept it safe and free from error, but it also protected the Shroud of Jesus Christ so that no one could harm it. There are many things the Catholic church has done for us and non-Catholic Christians, and I just hope that they realize this.