But Cesare Nosiglia, the Archbishop of Turin and "pontifical custodian of the shroud," said the special display on Holy Saturday "means that it represents a very important testimony to the Passion and the resurrection of the Lord," The Telegraph reported.
The burial shroud purports to show the imprint of the face and body of a bearded man.
Believed by some to have been Jesus' burial cloth, the Shroud has been the subject of much research.
The latest battery of experiments led experts to conclude the cloth may have come from the first century A.
New scientific tests on the Shroud of Turin, which was on display Saturday in a special TV appearance introduced by the Pope, dates the cloth to ancient times, challenging earlier experiments dating it only to the Middle Ages..
The Shroud of Turin, shown in 1979, is a 14-foot linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus.
Pope Francis sent a special video message to the televised event in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, which coincided with Holy Saturday, when Catholics mark the period between Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The Pope provided the introduction for a TV appearance of the cloth on Holy Saturday.
New research claims that the cloth does in fact date from the era of Christ, disputing other tests dating it to the Middle Ages.
Fanti's book, Il Mistero della Sindone translated to The Mystery of the Shroudco-authored by journalist Saverio Gaeta, was released ahead of the Easter holiday, as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
Very small samples from the Shroud of Turin have been dated by accelerator mass spectrometry in laboratories at Arizona, Oxford and Zurich.