The Pope provided the introduction for a TV appearance of the cloth on Holy Saturday.New research claims that the cloth does in fact date from the era of Christ, disputing other tests dating it to the Middle Ages.This flood of neutrons may have imprinted an X-ray-like image onto the linen burial cloth, say the researches.
The shroud, which bears the faint image of a blood-covered man, is believed by some to be Christ's burial cloth.Raymond Rogers says his research and chemical tests show the material used in the 1988 radiocarbon analysis was cut from a medieval patch woven into the shroud to repair fire damage.It was this material that was responsible for an invalid date being assigned to the original shroud cloth, he argues.In 1988, scientists at three separate laboratories dated samples from the Shroud to a range of 1260–1390 AD, which coincides with the first certain appearance of the shroud in the 1350s and is much later than the burial of Jesus around 30 AD. Samples were taken on April 21, 1988, in the Cathedral by Franco Testore, an expert on weaves and fabrics, and by Giovanni Riggi, a representative of the maker of bio-equipment "Numana".The idea of scientifically dating the shroud had first been proposed in the 1960s, but permission had been refused because the procedure at the time would have required the destruction of too much fabric (almost 0.05 sq m ≅ 0.538 sq ft). P.), which involved about 30 scientists of various religious faiths, including non-Christians. Testore performed the weighting operations while Riggi made the actual cut.