Pope Benedict XVI says he wants to see the book 1,500 years old, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, which has been obscured by the Turkish state during the past 12 years.
14 million pound handmade tome with gold letters, written in Aramaic, Jesus’ mother tongue, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the coming of the Prophet.
The leather-bound text, written on animal skin, was discovered by Turkish police during a smuggling operation in 2000.
He was watched closely until 2010, when it was finally delivered to the Ethnographic Museum in Ankara, and will soon be back on public display after a minor restoration.
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