Italian researchers have revealed that DNA tests conducted on the Shroud of Turin, which some believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, have shown that it contains traces of plants found from all around the world.
Real Clear Science reported that researchers sequenced the DNA of pollen and other dust particles from the 14-foot-long cloth, and were able to determine the types of plants and the biogeographic origin of people who have come into contact with it. Remarkably, evidence was found of plants from South America, the Middle East, Central Africa, Central Asia, China, and other regions.
"So, what does this mean? It's hard to say," the article said. more >>
A Roman Catholic priest from Sicily is being vilified by church leaders after he allegedly told his followers to drink "sacred" water from a spring he claims the voice of the Virgin Mary told him about.
The Local, an English-language news source based in Italy, reported that Father Alessandro Minutella from the parish of San Giovanni Bosco in Carini, has been leading his congregation to pray at the miraculous water source, and has been distributing the water to people.
In an interview with Rai 1, Minutella insisted that the voice of the Virgin Mary led him to the spring. more >>
Almost eight years after Meredith Kercher was found lifeless and half-dressed on her tiled student apartment in Perugia, Italy, the highest court has explained why Amanda Knox was convicted twice and also acquitted twice.
On Monday, Italy's highest court released its final say on the case in 52 pages, explaining why Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede of the Ivory Coast, were acquitted last March.
The documents cited "glaring errors, investigative amnesia, and guilty omissions," in one of the most controversial cases worldwide, which the five-judge panel said were mainly the reasons why the alleged murderers were finally convicted after four years in prison. more >>
An Italian Catholic priest and his church are offering Christian couples willing to have a third child the equivalent of $2,200 in Euros to help increase the country's dwindling population of native Italians.
The money is being offered by Father Stefano Bimbi of the parish of Staggia in Tuscany, and it can only be received after the couple has baptized the child. The couple must have also been married in the Catholic Church and have to be native Italians, according to TheLocal.it.
Bimbi hopes the money will help parents "with the courage to accept the gift of a child." He also said the Church does not have a large amount of money for the initiative, but he promised that it would continue until all the funds run out. more >>
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been found guilty of assault in Italy following her 2009 attack on a photographer. A Sicilian Court has just handed down the guilty verdict of assault against English supermodel Naomi Campbell after a photographer she hit with her purse in 2009 pressed charges for an eye injury.
The 45-year-old Campbell got into an altercation with Italian paparazzo, Gaetano Di Giovanni, who was taking pictures of the supermodel with her then-boyfriend, Russian businessman and real estate developer, Vladislav Doronin, when Campbell took offense and started hitting Di Giovanni with her handbag.
The attack scratched the photographer's eye, which required a three-day recovery period. more >>
Pope Francis has spent time praying before the Shroud of Turin in a two-day visit to the city this weekend, joining hundreds of thousands who in the past two months have stopped to pay their respects to what some believe is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
Although the Vatican has never publicly declared whether it considers the shroud an actual relic belonging to Jesus, Francis told the audience at mass in Turin that the cloth is an "icon of love."
"The shroud attracts toward the face and the martyred body of Jesus and at the same time pushes us toward the face of those who suffer or are unjustly persecuted," he said, according to Catholic Herald. more >>