Vatican newspaper says Shroud of Turin 'not fake'
Published 30/12/2011 | 05:00
THE Vatican's official newspaper has given strong endorsement to research by Italian scientists that suggests that the Shroud of Turin cannot be a medieval fake and may be the authentic burial cloth of Christ.
"For science, the shroud continues to be an 'impossible object' -- impossible to falsify," 'L'Osservatore Romano' said in a lengthy article published yesterday.
After conducting five years of advanced laser experiments, a team of experts from ENEA, the national agency for new technologies and energy, concluded that the imprint of a bearded man's face and crucified body could not be reproduced by modern scientific techniques.
The cloth was therefore not a medieval fake, the team said.
They concluded that the iconic image was created by "some form of electromagnetic energy (such as a flash of light at short wavelength)".
The researchers presented their results with "extreme caution" and had stopped short of putting forward theories that "strayed from science", the Vatican daily said.
But the implication of their work was that the enigmatic marks on the cloth were created at the moment of Christ's Resurrection by some sort of miracle.
The results obtained by the Italian scientific team were credible, 'L'Osservatore Romano' insisted, in contrast with the many outlandish theories that have emerged about how the shroud may have formed. (© Daily Telegraph, London)