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    Traces of Aramaic on Shroud of Turin Published: July 29, 2009 As Pope Benedict confirmed his intention to visit the Shroud of Turin next year, French scientist
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      Traces of Aramaic on Shroud of Turin
      Published: July 29, 2009

      As Pope Benedict confirmed his intention to visit the Shroud of Turin
      next year, French scientist Thierry Castex has revealed that he has
      found traces of Aramaic on the Shroud.

      Pope Benedict confirmed his intention to visit the Shroud of Turin
      when it goes on public display in Turin's cathedral April 10-May 23,
      2010, Catholic News Service reports.

      Cardinal Severino Poletto of Turin, papal custodian of the Shroud of
      Turin, visited the pope on July 26 in Les Combes, Italy, where the
      pope was spending part of his vacation. The Alpine village is about
      137 kilometres from Turin.

      The cardinal gave the pope the latest news concerning preparations for
      next year's public exposition of the shroud and the pope "confirmed
      his intention to go to Turin for the occasion," said the Vatican
      spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, in a written statement on July 27.

      A recent study by French scientist Thierry Castex has revealed that on
      the shroud are traces of words in Aramaic spelled with Hebrew letters.

      A Vatican researcher, Barbara Frale, told Vatican Radio on July 26
      that her own studies suggest the letters on the shroud were written
      more than 1,800 years ago.

      She said that in 1978 a Latin professor in Milan noticed Aramaic
      writing on the shroud and in 1989 scholars discovered Hebrew
      characters that probably were portions of the phrase "The king of the
      Jews."

      Castex's recent discovery of the word "found" with another word next
      to it, which still has to be deciphered, "together may mean 'because
      found' or 'we found'," she said.

      What is interesting, she said, is that it recalls a passage in the
      Gospel of St Luke, "We found this man misleading our people," which
      was what several Jewish leaders told Pontius Pilate when they asked
      him to condemn Jesus.

      She said it would not be unusual for something to be written on a
      burial cloth in order to indicate the identity of the deceased

      Source: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=15419
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