Dis­cov­ery puts new twist on Turin Shroud con­tro­versy

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ROME: A Vat­i­can re­searcher claims she has found an al­most in­vis­i­ble text on the Shroud of Turin and that this proves the au­then­tic­ity of the ar­ti­fact revered as Je­sus’s burial cloth.

The claim, made in a new book by his­to­rian Bar­bara Frale, drew im­me­di­ate scep- ticism from some sci­en­tists, who main­tain the shroud is a me­dieval forgery.

Frale, a re­searcher at the Vat­i­can archives, says the faint writ­ing emerged through com­puter anal­y­sis of pho­tos of the shroud, which is not nor­mally ac­ces­si­ble for study. She says the jum­ble of Greek, Latin and Ara­maic in­cludes the words “Je­sus Nazarene” and men­tions he was sen­tenced to death.

She be­lieves the text was writ­ten on a doc­u­ment by a clerk to iden­tify the body and the ink then seeped into the cloth. – Sapa-AP

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