Pope Benedict's last act before retirement was to order an unprecedented international televised exposition of the Shroud.
My speculation is that it was his way of acknowledging that the C14 process had been handled badly.
It bears an image of a naked man who, according to forensic pathologists, has endured a crucifixion.
The image, though clearly perceptible to the eye, is revealed in much more clarity when reversed into the negative image below. Its charted history begins in 1355 but no one knows its origins though there are potential links with a known ancient cloth of similar description that disappeared from Constantinople 150 years earlier.
For the first 1988 analyses, the Vatican had permitted only a few milligrams of the shroud to be taken for analysis by three laboratories, in Tucson (USA), Zurich (Switzerland) and Oxford (England).
They claim Jesus was wrapped in the cloth as he was sealed inside his burial tomb before rising again three days later.
A discarded cloth at the scene is mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Mystic Post is a Website which publishes articles on Catholic visions (especially Medjugorje).
It would be an understatement to say that its coverage tends to be rather uncritical, but from time to time, I take a look at it anyway.