A London newspaper has said results of tests on the Shroud of Turin could show that its shadowy image of Christ was a medieval fake forged sometime between the years 1000 and 1500.

The Sunday Times said papal representatives in Italy would announce the outcome of tests in laboratories at Oxford, Arizona and Zurich.The shroud, last displayed to the public in 1978, is known in Italy as La Sacra Sindone. It has a shadowy image of a body with a bearded face bearing apparent bloodstains from a crown of thorns and a lance wound to the chest.