A Vatican researcher claims she found nearly invisible text on the Shroud of Turin that includes the words "Jesus Nazarene" and mention of a death sentence.
Barabara Frale, who makes the claim in a new book, says the faint writing emerged through a computer analysis of photos of the shroud, which is not normally accessible for study.
Frale believes the text – a jumble of Greek, Latin and Aramaic – was written on a document by a clerk to identify the body and that the ink had seeped into the cloth.
Despite the historian's claim, skeptics, not surprisingly, were quick to maintain that the shroud is a medieval forgery.
Frale is a researcher at the Vatican archives.