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No scientific explanation for Shroud of Turin, scientists conclude

Catholic World News - December 14, 2011

A new study on the Shroud of Turin has concluded that there is no scientific explanation for the image that appears on the cloth.

After 5 years of experiments, using different methods of coloring linen, Italy’s National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development said that the image is not the result of any process known to the modern world. The study indicated that the image may have been created by an intense source of light, but no man-made light would produce the required strength.

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  • Posted by: Chelle,SFO-MI - Dec. 21, 2011 7:50 PM ET USA

    Uh, I think St. Peter and St. John figured that one out at the Tomb guys....

  • Posted by: koinonia - Dec. 15, 2011 8:09 AM ET USA

    This is very interesting, and it is another indicator that perhaps the Shroud is indeed genuine. Nonetheless, we must continue to recognize that regardless of the ultimate verdict on the Shroud- if there ever is one- it is the Resurrection of Our Lord that is the dogma of faith. In that the Shroud serves as testimony to this essential doctrine it is significant. I believe it is genuine and that it is a gift from Our Lord to enhance our faith and our hope.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 14, 2011 9:53 PM ET USA

    It is wonderful to reflect on this as a Catholic, the secular world could care less,as they ignore all miracles which defy scientific scrutiny. Oh,the richness of our faith!

  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Dec. 14, 2011 9:34 PM ET USA

    I shared this story with a friend of mine today who is very 'I believe in science'. The response was deliciously ironic. There is no known way for the image to be man made, but he 'has a gut feeling' that it is. It is strange how people find their own faith, whatever and wherever it may be.

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