facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Vatican says Turin shroud proved genuine

Dec. 29, 2011 at 10:15 PM   |   Comments

VATICAN CITY, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The official newspaper of the Vatican says science cannot explain the Turin shroud and has endorsed recent suggestions of its authenticity.

The newspaper cited research by Italian scientists it says suggests the shroud -- which many believe bears an imprint of the body of Jesus -- cannot be a medieval fake and may be the authentic burial cloth of Christ.

Kept in the Turin Cathedral, the shroud is imprinted with the figure of a crucified man with wounds to his hands and feet.

A team of experts from Enea, Italy's National Agency for New Technologies and Energy, conducted five years of experiments on the shroud using lasers, and concluded the imprint of a bearded man's face and crucified body could not have been reproduced by modern scientific techniques, Britain Daily Telegraph reported.

The results obtained by the Italian scientific team were credible, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported.

"Revelations about the shroud easily assume a sensational tone, but in this case the measured way the scientists speak of their research is to be appreciated," Monsignor Giuseppe Ghiberti, the president of the Turin commission responsible for the relic, told the newspaper. "It's a rare thing that gives the news added seriousness."

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Harvard scientist startled by giant bird-eating spider on rainforest walk Harvard scientist startled by giant bird-eating spider on rainforest walk
2
Soda drinkers may be slowly killing themselves Soda drinkers may be slowly killing themselves
3
Wisconsin shuts down three wolf hunting zones, two remain open Wisconsin shuts down three wolf hunting zones, two remain open
4
Peaking Orionid meteor shower to be obscured by nor'easter Peaking Orionid meteor shower to be obscured by nor'easter
5
Three Mars probes hide behind planet, avoid comet debris Three Mars probes hide behind planet, avoid comet debris
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback