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Controversial religious artifact topic of presentation at Binghamton church

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A display and presentation on a controversial religious artifact is in Binghamton Monday and Tuesday.

Two photographs of the famed Shroud of Turin are on exhibit inside Saint Michael's Orthodox Church on Clinton Street.

The 14 foot-long linen cloth is purported to be the burial shroud of Jesus.

Believers hold that his image was conveyed to the cloth during his resurrection.

Some researchers have cast doubt on the claim and carbon dating on a piece of the cloth indicated that it dated back to the Middle Ages.

Reverend Thomas Drobena of Connecticut, who travels with the display, says the shroud gives Christians deeper insight into the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

"It's a tangible thing that can tie us to 1st Century Israel, to the events of Jesus's life, and a reminder that ours is not just a faith that someone thought up at some time, but has real historical roots," said Drobena.

Drobena is offering a Presentation on the Mysteries of the Shroud Monday night at 7 p.m. and again Tuesday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The church is open from noon to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for visitation and prayer.

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