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New Research: Shroud of Turin May Be Authentic

The Shroud of Turin came from Europe and made between 1260 and 1390, a scientific study in 1988 said

New research on the Shroud of Turin suggests that the burial cloth may be real. The authenticity of the linen cloth, which some believe is the actual burial shroud of Jesus, has long been the subject of controversy. New infra-red light tests on the cloth conducted by scientists at the University of Padua in Italy suggests that the cloth does in fact date back to the time of Christ.

The news comes as the Vatican plans to show the Shroud of Turin on TV on Easter Sunday; its first television appearance in 40 years. Also a new mobile app, Shroud 2.0, designed by the Museum of the Holy Shroud and the Archdiocese of Turin, will allow users to examine the famous cloth up-close via a 12-billion-pixel image.

Fake Bishop tries to sneak into Vatican meeting

Fake bishop

Vatican City is crowded with cardinals, fans, journalists, tourists, and souvenir sellers awaiting the papal conclave.  In the middle of this was a bishop wearing a too-short cassock.  Ralph Napierski of the Corpus Dei order (which he founded) made it through one layer of security, and even posed for pictures with the other cardinals before being expelled by Swiss Guards.

According to USA Today, security became suspicious of Napierski when they realized his cassock seemed shorter than appropriate. Also tip-offs: Napierski wore a black fedora instead of a skull-cap, and his bright purple sash was actually a common scarf.

According to The Telegraph, Napierski told reporters he belonged to the reportedly non-existent Italian Orthodox Church. A blog that appears to be associated with Napierski claims he is a bishop of a Catholic order called the Corpus Dei, also said to be fabricated. Napierski’s contact information on the blog points to an address in Germany.

Agence France-Presse reports Napierski told members of the media that his name is “Basilius,” and that he took particular issue with the Catholic church moving priests accused of paedophilia to different churches.

Napierski was headed to a private meeting with the other cardinals. There’s no word on what his actual goal was.  Click here for more on the story.