Roman Catholics will observe on July 12 the Feast of St. Veronica.
St. Veronica is identified in the Bible as the pious Jerusalem woman who compassionately wiped Jesus’ face after He fell under the weight of His cross on the way to Calvary.
Church authorities consider the image of Jesus’ likeness on St. Veronica’s handkerchief as the “vera” icon or true image of Christ.
The original veil with the “Volto Santo” or the Holy Face is believed to be preserved at the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy.
It has been venerated since the Middle Ages and is often displayed on the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday) at the basilica.
In observance of the feast, Church officials encourage the faithful to perform acts of charity, and to pray the Way of the Cross, reflecting on the sixth of the 14 stations, which recalls the compassionate act of St. Veronica.