Via Dolorosa – where Veronica met Jesus

Needless to say there is no mention of this incident in the gospels but it pops up in various apocrypha (stuff written long after the gospels or not accepted by the church to be included in the bible) like The Epistles of Jesus Christ. Basically, Veronica offered to wipe the face of Jesus and his face was imprinted on the cloth.

There are no firm recordings of the story before the Templar period but after the twelfth century, the cult of Veronica took off – led by the pope, when the veil would be processed through Rome. There were highly unsubstantiated accounts that the veil first arrived in Rome under the emperor Tiberius (the ruler of Rome at the time of the crucifixion) and that by touching it, miracle cures were achieved.