Photo of the Day 30 July 2008

Bloodstained Shroud of Turin, New Mexico, 1980
Photograph by Victor R. Boswell, Jr.
This computer-enhanced image, created in New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Scientific Laboratory, shows bloodstained areas on the Shroud of Turin. This relic’s fame comes from the imprint of a life-size, bearded man on the linen cloth. The shroud also contains traces of blood and marks consistent with scourging and crucifixion. While some believe this cloth covered Jesus at the time of his burial, the shroud’s origins and authenticity remain a source of controversy.