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Pope all but authenticates the Turin Shroud

Pope Benedict XVI visited the Turin Shroud yesterday, and said the artifact was "written with the blood" of a crucified man. During a visit to the Shroud in the northern Italian city of Turin, Benedict didn't raise the scientific questions that surround the linen and whether it might be a

Vatican to give Queen copy of Henry VIII’s divorce plea

A copy of a document in which Henry VIII's peers appeal to Pope Clement VII to annual the king's marriage to Catherine of Aragon will be given to the Queen today. The 95 x 46cm (37 x 18in) parchment, which dates from 1530 and bears 81 red wax seals, is a