Saint Veronica

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Saint Veronica, also known as Berenike, was a woman from Jerusalem who lived in the 1st century AD, according to extra-biblical Christian sacred tradition. A celebrated saint in many pious Christian countries, the 17th-century Acta Sanctorum published by the Bollandists listed her feast under July 12, but the German Jesuit scholar Joseph Braun cited her commemoration in Festi Marianni on 13 January. According to Church tradition, Veronica was moved with sympathy seeing Jesus carrying the cross to Calvary and gave him her veil so that he could wipe his forehead. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Saint Veronica has received more than 846,032 page views. Her biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Saint Veronica is the 229th most popular religious figure (down from 217th in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Israel (down from 46th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Saint Veronica is most famous for the story of how she wiped Jesus's face with her veil and the image of his face was left on the cloth.

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Among religious figures, Saint Veronica ranks 229 out of 2,272Before her are Pope Sixtus I, Maximilian Kolbe, Pope Alexander III, Pope Urban III, Cyprian, and John of the Cross. After her are Pope Felix I, Ubba, Pope Benedict XIII, Amos, Pope Dionysius, and Pope Pelagius I.

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Among people born in 1, Saint Veronica ranks 8Before her are Thomas the Apostle, Saint Stephen, Simon the Zealot, Barnabas, Saint Matthias, and Pope Linus. After her are Pope Anacletus, Barabbas, Thomas Bangalter, Silas, Onesimus, and Locusta. Among people deceased in 1, Saint Veronica ranks 1After her are Mary of Clopas, Domitilla the Elder, Tigranes IV, Cleomedes, Agrippa, and Zenobia of Armenia.

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Among people born in Israel, Saint Veronica ranks 48 out of 389Before her are Moshe Dayan (1915), Benjamin Netanyahu (1949), Saint Matthias (1), Deborah (-1199), Reuven Rivlin (1939), and Procopius (500). After her are Hezekiah (-800), Judas Maccabeus (-200), Herodias (-100), Amos Oz (1939), Barabbas (1), and Jeroboam (-1000).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Saint Veronica ranks 32Before her are Salome (14), Saint Christopher (220), Jeremiah (-650), Joseph of Arimathea (100), Joachim (-100), and Saint Matthias (1). After her are Judas Maccabeus (-200), Barabbas (1), Penitent thief (-18), Rabbi Akiva (50), Ahmed Yassin (1937), and Micah (-737).