Date: Friday, 29-Mar-2013 14:28:54
According to the new study of the Shroud of Turin is not a medieval fake, but it really is a canvas in which could have been wrapped the body of Jesus Christ.
Consistency of cloth is similar to that of cloth that has been used in the burial of the dead at the time of Jesus 2000 years ago, suggest the results of a new scientific study.
Scientists were for centuries arguing over the authenticity of cloth that has become one of the iconic displays of the Catholic faith.
The Shroud of Turin is almost 5 feet long with a sketch of a tall man with long hair and beard, and bloodstains on the parts where foot would have been bandaged, wrist and hip, places that match wounds Jesus received during his crucifixion, it is kept in the vault of the Cathedral of Turin.
A new study described in the book "Mystery Canvas" will be released on Good Friday (today), and the next day, the day before Easter, the cameras will record it live and show it on television.
The study's authors, Professor Giulio Fanti, an expert from the University of Engineering in Padua, and journalist Saverio Gaeta, studied the filaments of Shroud of Turin and compared them with those from the third century BC, up to those from the modern era, wanting to investigate whether it is a medieval forgery.
Key findings were three new test, two chemical and one mechanical. The first two were carried out with the help of infrared rays, and the third with the help of spectroscopy, which measures the radiation wavelength and is often used in forensics.
Results have dated the cloth to the time period between the 300th BC, to the 400th years after Christ, a time frame that coincides with the time of Christ's life.
Before retiring last month, Pope Benedict XVI approved the public display of the Shroud of Turin, as his "last gift" to millions of Catholics.
Italian television will transmit the display of the shroud, but it is considered that the general public access will not be permitted before 2025, the year when the next display is scheduled.
Tomorrow is the last time before 2025 the Shroud of Turin will be displayed to choosen public, which will be broadcasted on TV.
Why next display event will be 12 years from now?