The Catholic saint that never existed has a scrine in Rome

Saint Veronica was supposed to have wiped the face of Jesus. But she is not mentioned in the Bible.

Saint Verionica with the claimed to be true image of the face of Jesus. Idoltry at its absolutly worse.
Saint Veronica with the claimed to be true image of the face of Jesus. Veneration, adoration or worship of an idol at its absolute hight.

The Catholic religion includes a payer chain called stations of the cross. That is expected to be a copy of the last walk of Jesus, up the the site of crucifixion. Its included 13 station, where the faithful stops and remembers some episode from the sufferings of Jesus. Interesting enough, the prayer chain does not include a station with celebrates His resurrection. It leaves Him in the grave.

On the sixth station, the Catholics remembers Saint. Veronica. She is a woman that is supposed to have wiped the face of Jesus. Thats why the sixth station is called: «Veronica wipes the face of Jesus».

In the Vatican in Rome there is a statue of this lady, who has been canonized by the Papal Church. There is also a legend that says that the cloth Saint Veronica used, later started to display the watermark of the face of Jesus. The story was later elaborated in the 11th century by adding that Christ gave her a portrait of himself on a cloth, with which she later cured the Emperor Tiberius.

There are also three Churches in the US that has taken the name of Saint Veronica.

St Veronica Parish, Cincinnati, Ohio, St Veronica Catholic Church, Chantilly, Virginia and Saint Veronica Congregation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The shrine to Saint Veronica in Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican City
The shrine to Saint Veronica in Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican City

Its is possible to raise a lot of questions about the people who the Roman Catholic Church has declared saints. But in the case of Veronica, it is an bizarre case of falsehood. Because the person of Veronica is simply not mentioned in the Bible. She has never existed.

The Catholic Encyclopaedia of 1913 had this to say about the growth of the legend:

«The belief in the existence of authentic images of Christ is connected with the old legend of King Abgar of Edessa and the apocryphal writing known as the “Mors Pilati” (“the Death of Pilate”)».

«To distinguish at Rome the oldest and best known of these images it was called the vera icon (true image), which in the common tongue soon became «Veronica».

«It is thus designated in several medieval texts mentioned by the Bollandists (e.g. an old Missal of Augsburg has a Mass “De S. Veronica seu Vultus Domini”) of (“Saint Veronica, or the Face of the Lord”), and Matthew of Westminster speaks of the imprint of the image of the Savior which is called Veronica».

Statue of St. Veronica, used during Good Friday processions in Żejtun, Malta.
Statue of St. Veronica, used during Good Friday processions in Żejtun, Malta.

The only book that talks about Veronica, is the apocryphal Act of Pilate. But this book with this act includes so many not strange and non-Christian statements, that Roman can never use this letter without being seriously tainted. The book with the Act of Pilate is called the Gospel of Nicodemus, It has additional material, and has gone through many revisions and renamings.

Welcome to the chaos of falsehoods called the Church of Rome.

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4 thoughts on “The Catholic saint that never existed has a scrine in Rome

  1. The remedial analysis of this article is shameful. Even Protestants reject the idea that the Bible is an all-inclusive history of early Christianity. There are indeed many saints, which have exaggerated, if not mythical stories surrounding them. However, it is very poor science to attempt to recreate history with documents that were never meant to be historical, at least the way moderns understand historical analysis. In the end, the pseudo-science of articles, such as the one above, are more similar to the works of atheists, like Richard Dawkins, who attempt to deconstruct ancient Christianity by comparing their understanding of the world to modern formulas.

    1. Dear Charles.

      Shalom, and welcome to this site.

      Proverbs 30:5
      Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

      What you are going, is basically accusing God of being a liar. How can He have been so stupid, not to have told His Gospel writers, that His Words are flawless. That the later to become Catholic saint, had to be included in the scripture?

      Proverbs 30:6
      Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

      Or may be its the other way around. That God is the truth, and every man a liar. Including the Pope, and his faithful followers?

      Revelation 22:18
      I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.

      The Roman Catholic Church has done exactly that. Added thousand of pagan traditions into «Christianity», like a lady saint, that is not even mentioned in the verses of the New Testament. Dear Charles. This is the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

  2. Psalm 93:1. Is the earth moving? Is it the center of the solar system? The Catholic Church was wrong about this example once, but has since recognized the facts. Truth can not contradict truth. Am I calling God a liar?

  3. In the authentic gospels one can read that there was a woman who took pity on Jesus and offered her veil and wiped it, she wasn’t named but was mentioned. Now during the time the bible was compiled they seek to know who she is and they found her name in the Book of Nicodemus, because of the virtues of Faith and Charity they saw on the woman it is but fitting to give her reverence as a saint so The Church adopted the name and Veronica which means “True Image” in honor of the woman who had pity on the Lord. There are a lot of things not written in the Bible but was saved in Sacred Tradition that is why we have learned about the the miracle of Veronica’s Veil.

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