St Veronica

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Traditionally, St Veronica was a woman of Jerusalem who was so filled with compassion when she saw Jesus carrying his cross on the way to Golgotha, that she wiped his face with her veil. Legends say an image of his face was left on the cloth.

There are many stories about St Veronica. One associates her as the woman suffering from an issue of blood who Jesus healed. Another claims she was Martha, sister of Lazarus. One story described her as the wife of Zacchaeus, or of a Roman officer. Most accounts originate several hundred years after the time in which she is meant to have lived. Veronica means 'true image' .

A cloth said to be the Veil of Veronica has been kept at St Peter's in Rome since the eighth century.

St Veronica is a patron saint of photographers, pictures and laundry workers.

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