Police create image of Jesus as a child using Shroud of Turin, computer forensics

Italy National Police used the Turin shroud and a reverse imaging process to create a photo of what Jesus may have looked like as a young boy. (Photo: Italian Police via ABC News)

The National Police in Italy have reportedly made a digital image of what they believe Jesus Christ looked like as a young child.

Detectives used the Shroud of Turin — a famous relic that some believe to be Jesus’ burial cloth — to generate a photo of Jesus’ face, according to The Independent and ABC News. The Shroud of Turin has a faint image of a face, which some believe to be Jesus’ face imprinted on the cloth after his crucifixion.

Police then put the image they generated through a computer forensics program that reverses age, The Independent reported.

The image generation is reportedly a technique used by Italian police to generate photos of wanted criminals.

The digitally created image coincides with the current public display of the Shroud of Turin, which Pope Francis is scheduled to visit and pray before this coming June 21.

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