Religion: The Mystery of the Cloth

How big was Jesus Christ? Was He a strongly built man 5 feet 10 inches tall, with long, delicate hands & feet, a right shoulder slightly lower than the left? Did He have a brain weighing approximately 1,492 grams? These questions were debated for three days last week by 200 learned scientists and black-robed scholars of the Roman Catholic Church in the huge, frescoed Hall of the Papal Chancellery in Rome. It was the first International Congress of Studies of the Holy Shroud.

During the 7th Century two early churchmen, Saints Braulionis and Adamnan of lona, referred to the existence of a...

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