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The Cardinal Severino Poletto, Archbishop of Turin and Pontifical Custodian
of the Shroud, on May 4, 2001, liturgical feast of the Shroud, presided
an eucharistic concelebration in the Cathedral of Turin. In that occasion
the Cardinal made public some information about the conservation and the
scientific researches on the Shroud.
The more interesting novelty concerns the exploration performed last
November on the rear of the Shroud: a scanner adapted to the necessities
has been inserted among the back part of the Shroud cloth and the "Holland
cloth," support on which the Shroud itself was sewn by the Clarisse nuns
of Chambéry after the fire of the 1532. The reading with the scanner
(performed by prof. Paolo Soardo of the National Institute Galileo Ferraris
of Turin) revealed that on the rear there is no image, nor track of image,
while the straining of the blood are evident. This check strengthens in
decisive way the thesis that the Shroud image is not painted nor yields
of any process of heating or "burning" of the cloth itself: the recent
experiments that tried to reproduce the Shroud image, in fact, have always
involved "traces" also on the rear of the cloth, thing that, in fact, doesn't
happen with the Shroud.
Beyond to the examination with the scanner, it was effected a complete
series of photos, in white and black and in colors, destined above all
to the scientific community.