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Shroud of Turin undergoes secret restoration work for conservation


Promising a press conference and extensive documentation nextt month, Cardinal Severino Poletto of Turin has confirmed conservation work on the Shroud of Turin.

Workers, under the direction of a Swiss textile expert, removed 30 fabric patches that had been sewn onto the shroud in 1534 to repair fire damage.

The removal of the patches -- and of a fabric backing initially attached to support the shroud -- was carried out in almost complete secrecy between late June and late July, the Archdiocese of Turin said.

Many people believe the five metre cloth, which bears the image of a crucified man, is the shroud in which Christ was buried.

LINKS
The Holy Shroud - Official Site
The Shroud of Turin Website

SOURCE
CNS

14 Aug 2002