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John Iannone

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John C. Iannone, is Vice Chairman of the Holy Shroud Task Force, an organization of scientists, scholars, writers, and interested individuals working to preserve the Shroud of Turin from modern environmental damage and to promote continued studies and testing of this precious relic. He has a master’s degree in religion from the Catholic University of America and has pursued additional studies in theology at Fordham University and Union Theological Seminary in New York. 

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