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.
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14 Aug 2002