Linen cloth, 14' 3" x 3' 7", claimed by some to be Christ's burial cloth (cf., e.g., Mt 27:59); kept since 1578 in the cathedral of Turin, It.; its hist. cannot be traced beyond mid-14th c. Umberto II (Humbert; 190483; b. Racconigi, It.; last king of It.) willed the shroud to the Vatican. In 1988 the RC ch. recognized it as not genuine but only about 700 yrs. old.
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