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According to Vatican Insider , new chemical and mechanical tests carried out at the University of Padua offer further evidence that the Shroud of Turin, the piece of cloth said to have covered the body of Jesus when he was laid in the tomb, does indeed date back to the first century. Professor Giulio Fanti and journalist Saverio Gaeta have published the news in a book   Il Mistero della Sindone  (The Mystery of the Shroud), which comes out tomorrow. Fanti’s findings will also be published in a magazine and assessed by a scientific committee.

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