From its earliest years there have been many stories around the shroud of Turin, there have been many claims of miracles and healings. Four credible witnesses testified that in 544 when Edessa was threatened with a siege by the Persian army, the image was rushed to the top of the city wall and displayed to the enemy; the army retreated and abandoned the attack.
Eusebius and others stated that King Agabar V of Edessa was terminally ill and was instantly healed after just gazing on the shroud.
Another story relates that when the shroud was in procession to Constantinople in 944, a man who had an evil spirit was delivered when he touched it.
In more recent years, in 1954, in Gloucestershire, England, 11-year-old girl, Josie Wollam, was in hospital dying of a severe bone disease, osteomyelitis, in both her hip and leg, she also had lung abscesses. The doctor told her mother that there was no hope for Josie, and she was given the last rites of the church. However, Josie had heard that a retired RAF Group Captain Leonard Cheshire was holding lectures on the Shroud of Turin quite close by, and she told her mum she felt sure that she would be able to walk again if she could just see the shroud. Josie urged her mother to help her achieve this, so her mother wrote to Captain Cheshire and he had a photograph of the shroud face sent to Josie. In just holding the photograph Josie had a partial remission of the bone disease, and two weeks later, Josie came home from the hospital. She was still unable to walk, but continued to say that if she could just see the shroud and be near it, she believed that she would be completely cured. Cheshire was so impressed by Josie’s strong faith that he took her to Portugal to see former King Umberto II, the shroud’s owner, to ask permission for her to see the shroud. Umberto agreed, and Cheshire and Josie went on to Turin where the shroud was kept. Once there, the rolled up shroud was placed across the arms of her wheelchair. Josie gently and respectfully placed her hand onto the shroud – and she was healed!
In 1978 at a public exhibition of the shroud, Josie, now aged 35, visited the cathedral at Turin, once again accompanied by Cheshire – but with no wheelchair. Little Josie who in 1954 had been given last rites in preparation for death had been totally healed by simply touching the shroud. Whilst in Turin she told Father Peter Rinaldi that after her healing she had lived a normal working life, was married and had a daughter of her own.