That led to the then Cardinal of Turin, Anastasio Alberto Ballestrero, admitting the garment was a hoax.
"The radiocarbon sample cannot be older than about AD 1290, agreeing with the age determined in 1988.
Levels of vanillin in material such as linen fall over time.
'Older date' "The fact that vanillin cannot be detected in the lignin on shroud fibres, Dead Sea scrolls linen and other very old linens indicates that the shroud is quite old," Mr Rogers writes.
Unfortunately, some people seem to need or want more. Historically interesting, yes, and relatively unique, but the connection between this cloth and Jesus Christ is stretching the imagination so far as to be ridiculous.
Only the faithful will believe it anyway, and those people who need their faith to be bolstered by something as trivial as this need to question why they believe in the first place.