Emphases are mine unless otherwise indicated.[Index #1] [Previous: 15Jun87 #4] [Next: 10Oct87 #6]29 June 1987 Prof.
Harry Gove (1922-2009) [Below right.], the unofficial leader of the Shroud radiocarbon dating laboratories, phoned Prof.
The purpose of the call was to find out whether Canuto had an update on the long delayed carbon dating of the Shroud.
Canuto told Gove that Chagas had received a copy of a letter dated , addressed to the Archbishop of Turin, Cardinal Anastasio Ballestrero (r. 1978-2005), but executed by the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal [Left: Vatican Secretary of State (1979-90), Cardinal Agostino Casaroli (1914–98).
This is part #5, "29 June 1987," of my series, "On this day 30 years ago in the radiocarbon dating of the Turin Shroud." For more information about this series, see part #1, Index.
The letter contained instructions to Ballestrero on the procedures to be followed in radiocarbon dating the Shroud. ': Adventures of a Curious Character," Unwin Paperbacks: London, Reprinted, 1990, pp.341-343. Canuto translated the letter into Italian so that Ballestrero was more likely to read it first without him needing to ask Gonella to translate it from English to Italian (p.201). On 6 July 1987 the joint letter in Italian was sent by Western Union cable to Cardinal Ballestrero, with copies to Donahue, Duplessy, Hall, Harbottle, Otlet, Tite, and Woelfli as well as to Cardinal Casaroli, the Vatican, the Holy See Mission to the UN (where Casaroli was staying - p.204), and to Chagas (p.204). We could privately tell the laboratories that there was more to it than that"."... the decision announced in La Stampa, that there would only be two or three laboratories involved, was going to be approved by the pope and the cardinal [Ballestrero]. Starting on 30 June, Gove phoned non-participants in the teleconference in the following order: Woelfli of Zurich Laboratory (p.198); Edward Hall of Oxford (p.198); Michael Tite then of the British Museum (p.200); Bob Otlet of Harwell, England (p.202); and Jean-Claude Duplessy of the Gif-sur-Yvette laboratory in France (p.204); to inform them of the teleconference, that there was information from a credible source that only two or three laboratories would do the Shroud dating, as mentioned in the 27 April La Stampa article, and would they each agree to sign a joint letter to the Archbishop of Turin, Cardinal Ballestrero, requesting that seven laboratories as agreed in the October 1986 Turin workshop protocol be adhered to. Vittorio Canuto [see 07Jul17], an astrophysicist at the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City, and at the time a scientific aide to Prof.Carlos Chagas Filho (1910-2000), the President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. I am an Australian evangelical Christian in my 70s.I am persuaded by the evidence that the Shroud of Turin is the burial sheet of Jesus Christ and bears His crucified and resurrected image.Despite originally saying the day before that he was unable to divulge to Gove the contents of Casaroli's letter to Ballestrero of 21 May, Canuto had prearranged with Chagas that he wouldn't volunteer anything, but neither would he lie if asked. So when asked in the teleconference about "communication between Turin and the secretary of state," Canuto read key parts of the letter out to the conference call participants:"It's good to talk to more people because I did not want to volunteer that information, but since you are asking I have to give it to you.