Italian police reveal what Jesus (probably) looked like as a young boy

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What Jesus Looked Like As A Child

Many of us recognize Jesus Christ as a grown man with a hefty beard, but police in Italy believe they've figured out what he might have looked like as a kid.

Detectives took the Turin Shroud, believed to show Jesus' image, and created a photo-fit image from the material. They then used a computer program to reverse the aging process. After reducing his jaw size, slimming his face and softening his eyes, they had an image that probably looks a lot like a 12-year-old Jesus would have.

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Italian police reveal what Jesus (probably) looked like as a young boy

Italian police say they have created an image of what a young Jesus Christ likely looked like using the Shroud of Turin and special technology. 

(Photo: Rome Police) 

Italian police say they have created an image of what a young Jesus Christ likely looked like using the Shroud of Turin and special technology. 

(Photo: Rome Police) 

A detail of the Holy Shroud, the 14 foot-long linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, is seen as it goes on display during a preview for the press at the Cathedral of Turin, Italy, Saturday, April 18, 2015. The long linen with the faded image of a bearded man, that is the object of centuries-old fascination and wonderment, will be on display for the public from April 19 to June 24, 2015. Pope Francis said he is planning to visit the Holy Shroud during a a pilgrimage to Turin next June 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A man walk past the Holy Shroud, the 14 foot-long linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, on display at the Cathedral of Turin, Italy, Sunday, April 19, 2015. The long linen with the faded image of a bearded man, that is the object of centuries-old fascination and wonderment, will be on display for the public from April 19 to June 24, 2015. Pope Francis said he is planning to visit the Holy Shroud during a a pilgrimage to Turin next June 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)
People go through security checks as they arrive to visit the Holy Shroud, the 14 foot-long linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, on display at the Cathedral of Turin, Italy, Sunday, April 19, 2015. The long linen with the faded image of a bearded man, that is the object of centuries-old fascination and wonderment, will be on display for the public from April 19 to June 24, 2015. Pope Francis said he is planning to visit the Holy Shroud during a a pilgrimage to Turin next June 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2000 file photo, The Holy Shroud, a 14 foot-long linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, is shown at the Cathedral of Turin, Italy. A Vatican researcher claims a nearly invisible text on the Shroud of Turin proves the authenticity of the artifact revered as Jesus’ burial cloth. The claim made in a new book by historian Barbara Frale drew immediate skepticism from some scientists, who maintain the shroud is a medieval forgery. Frale, a researcher at the Vatican archives, said Friday that she used computers to enhance images of faintly written words in Greek, Latin and Aramaic scattered across the shroud. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2000 file photo, The Holy Shroud, a 14 foot-long linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, is shown at the Cathedral of Turin, Italy. A group of Italian debunkers is claiming it has proved that the Shroud of Turin - revered as the cloth that covered Jesus in the tomb - was man-made. The shroud bears the image of a crucified man. Believers say Christ's image was recorded on the fibers at the time of his resurrection. The Italian Committee for Checking Claims on the Paranormal said Monday Oct 5, 2009 that scientists have reproduced the shroud using materials and methods that were available in the 14th century. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)
Pope Benedict XVI looks on during his visit at the "Holy Face" Sanctuary in Manoppello, Italy, Friday Sept. 1, 2006, as he walks past the shroud, in background, some believe was used to wipe the blood and sweat off Jesus Christ's face during his final hours before crucifixion. The "Holy Face," measuring 17 x 24 centimeters (6.7 x 9.4 inches), is the effigy of a man with long hair, a sparse beard and a half-open mouth. The "Holy Face" does not enjoy the same fame as the Holy Shroud of Turin, held to be Christ's burial cloth, but some experts say the effigies on the two cloths can be perfectly superimposed. Skeptics say it appears to have been painted. (AP Photo/Max Rossi, Pool)
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The same technology is used to generate images of wanted criminals after they've been on the run for years, like Bernardo Provenzano who spent more than 40 years evading arrest. The Independent explains that the last-known photo of the Mafia boss was taken in 1959 but police captured him in 2006 after using the same imaging software to create an up-to-date image of him.

But there are some who will likely doubt the authenticity of the image created from the Shroud of Turin. The Catholic Church has never officially said that it believes the shroud shows Jesus.

The Shroud, which is on display for the first time in five years, is expected to draw millions of visitors while being showcased for two months in Turin.

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