The Shroud of Turin — claimed to be the burial cloth of Christ —
is stolen from a chapel in the cathedral of Turin in the fall of
2004. The Shroud is probably the most famous relic in the
Catholic Church — even if perhaps a fake. The thieves leave only
one obscure clue: The relic will head off a disaster. Beyond the
identity and grand design of the thieves lies an opportunistic
plan to tilt the Catholic Church eastward — again.