The Shroud of Turin, was owned and guarded by the Savoia, (House of Savoy), since 1453. In 1453 Margaret de Charny deeded the Shroud to the House of Savoy. In 1578 the shroud was transferred to Torino. Since the 17th century the shroud has been displayed in the chapel built for that purpose by Guarino Guarini for the Savoia, and it was first photographed during the 1898 Torino Exposition. As Capellano Maggiore, (Chief Chaplain), to King Umberto I, Monsignor Anzino delivered a copy of that first photograph to Pope Leo XIII. This “Peace Offering”, as such, was another one of Valerio’s attempts to broker a formal peace treaty between the Vatican and the Italian government.

Shroud of Turin