According to a story by the Associated Press
, an Italian group is claiming to have successfully recreated the Shroud of Turin.
The research was funded by an Italian "debunking group" of atheists and agnostics, the story reads. The group's website, www.cicap.org
, (translated loosely as "Italian Control Committee for Claims of the Paranormal") has the story in Italian, so I'll leave it up to you to look that AP version or use a translator on the website, unless you know Italian. (I don't want to use an automatic on-line translator to produce quotes here from their website. They might not be accurate.)
However, the AP story says the research "team used a linen woven with the same technique as the shroud and artificially aged by heating it in an oven and washing it with water. The cloth was then placed on a student, who wore a mask to reproduce the face, and rubbed with red ochre, a well known pigment at the time. The entire process took a week."
The Catholic Church, which owns the Shroud of Turin, has said in the past that it makes no claims about the relic's authenticity, but adds that it can be used as a symbol by followers of suffering of Jesus.