Shroud of Turin
The mysterious yellowing linen which some Christians believe was Christ’s burial cloth.
For the first time in 10 years the Shroud of Turin is back on display. The cloth, which bears the image of a crucified man, went on display in Turin, Italy on April 10. Thousands are flocking to see what scholar’s say is the image of Jesus on his burial clothe. Pope Benedict, who is by tradition the owner of the cloth, is due to visit the Shroud on May 2nd.
The Shroud narrowly escaped destruction in 1997 when a fire almost destroyed the Guarini Chapel of the Turin cathedral where it is normally kept rolled up in an ornate silver box. The cloth was saved by a fireman who risked his life.
The Shroud was shown only four times in the 20th century. The last time it was put on public display was for the Catholic jubilee year in 2000.
Skeptics argue the Shroud is a medieval hoax, possibly made to attract the profitable pilgrimage business. The Catholic Church does not claim the Shroud is authentic nor that it is a matter of faith, but says it should be a powerful reminder of Christ’s passion.
Although scientist and others and find unbelievable and not realistic to be the burial cloth of Jesus they are also at a loss to explain how the image was left on the cloth.
Two million visitors are expected to go and see it before the display ends on May 23.