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October 28, 2015 (Source: http://www.foxnews.com)

Is it a medieval fake or a relic of Jesus Christ? A new analysis of DNA from the Shroud of Turin reveals that people from all over the world have touched the venerated garment.

“Individuals from different ethnic groups and geographical locations came into contact with the Shroud [of Turin] either in Europe (France and Turin) or directly in their own lands of origin (Europe, northeast Africa, Caucasus, Anatolia, Middle East and India),” study lead author Gianni Barcaccia, a geneticist at the University of Padua in Italy and lead author of the new study describing the DNA analysis, said in an email. “We cannot say anything more on its origin.”

The new findings don’t rule out either the notion that the long strip of linen is a medieval forgery or that it’s the true burial shroud of Jesus Christ, the researchers said.

Long-standing debate

On its face, the Shroud of Turin is an unassuming piece of twill cloth that bears traces of blood and a darkened imprint of a man’s body. Though the Catholic Church has never taken an official stance on the object’s authenticity, tens of thousands flock to Turin, Italy, every year to get a glimpse of the object, believing that it wrapped the bruised and bleeding body of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. [Religious Mysteries: 8 Alleged Relics of Jesus]

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October 28, 2015

DNA Testing Deepens Shroud of Turin Mystery

October 28, 2015 (Source: http://www.foxnews.com) Is it a medieval fake or a relic of Jesus Christ? A new analysis of DNA from the Shroud of Turin reveals […]
October 15, 2015

Tomb of Syrian Monks Who Brought Relics of St. John Baptist to Bulgaria Discovered

October 15, 2015  (Source: http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com) [Originally reported on Oct. 11] The two human skeletons discovered recently in an Early Christian tomb on the St. Ivan (St. John) […]
September 23, 2015

Bulgarian Scholars Say 9th Century Bulgarian Great Basilica of Pliska Modeled After Constantinian Old St. Peter’s in Rome

September 23, 2015  (Source: http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com) [Originally reported on September 18] The 9th century AD Great Basilica in Pliska, the Ancient Bulgar capital of the First Bulgarian Empire (632/680-1018 […]
September 22, 2015

The Old Testament in the New Testament Church by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky (November 7, 1888 – November 4, 1988)

September 22, 2015  (Source) Introduction A distance of many centuries separates us from the time when the books of the Old Testament were written, especially the […]