Italian forensics investigators have used the Shroud of Turin, believed by some to be the burial cloth of Christ, to produce an image of how Jesus might have possibly looked like as a child.
The Independent reported that police generated a photo-fit image from the negative facial image imprinted on the famous shroud. They then used a reversed aging process which included reducing the size of the jaw, raising the chin, and other techniques to produce the image of the young Jesus. Photos released online show the step-by-step reversed aging process used.
The shroud's authenticity has been the subject of much debate and scientific testing. It is recognized by the Vatican as an important relic, but the Roman Catholic Church has never proclaimed its stance on whether the face imprinted in the shroud really belongs to Jesus. more >>
Over a million people are reportedly flocking to Turin in Italy to be a part of the first public display in five years of the famous 14-foot shroud, believed by many to hold the imprint of the face of Jesus Christ.
The Shroud of Turin is displayed relatively rarely to the public, The Guardian reported, and has been available for viewing only five times since 1933.
The relic is usually kept sealed inside a container in a chapel next to the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, and was last displayed in 2010. This year its presentation commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Saint John Bosco, a Catholic who worked with poor youth in Turin. more >>
At least 15 Muslim migrants have reportedly been arrested by Italian police after murdering and throwing overboard 12 other migrants, Christians from Ghana and Nigeria, who were all on a boat heading to Italy.
BBC News reported that the Muslims were arrested when they reached the Sicilian city of Palermo, and were charged with "multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate."
Migrants from various parts in Africa travel to Italy by boat in large numbers every week, often resulting in massive maritime disasters. more >>
An Italian court has postponed until Friday, March 27 its ruling on whether to uphold the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.
Italy's highest appeals court was meant to make the decision on Wednesday. But due to the length of the prosecutor's and the lawyer's statements during a morning hearing, the court decided to postpone the decision until Friday.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers challenged many of the arguments that made the 2007 murder of British student, Meredith Kercher, a headline-making case. The Court of Cassation in Rome was reportedly mobbed by members of the news media, and the presiding judge, Gennaro Marasca, moved the proceedings to the court's grand hall because the originally scheduled courtroom was too small to hold the many observers, according to The New York Times. Sollecito was present in the courtroom on Wednesday, but Knox remained in the U.S. for the verdict. more >>
Pope Francis has been credited with performing a miracle in Naples on Saturday by the Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe.
During a visit to Naples Cathedral, the pontiff venerated a vial of blood belonging to the Neapolitan patron St. Gennaro, who was once the bishop of Naples until he was martyred in 305, and it began to liquify. The dry blood turned to liquid after the pontiff prayed the "Our Father" over it and kissed the relic, prompting the Archbishop of Naples, Crescenzio Sepe, to declare the rare phenomenon a miracle.
Amanda Knox's Valentine's Day engagement announcement to musician Colin Sutherland just before her murder retrial in Italy has been received with mixed reactions.
International exchange student Amanda Knox, who gained notoriety after her conviction for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher eight years ago, recently announced her engagement to rock band member, Colin Sutherland last Feb. 14.
Knox and her then boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito were convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison in Italy for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher in 2007. After four years in prison, both were acquitted in 2011 after an appeal judge reversed the decision based on insufficient evidence. more >>