The Roman Hospital of Santo Spirito in Sassia and the symbolic Communication of the Veronica

 Gisela Drossbach (Augsburg) Abstract In my paper I will focus on the following aspects: The genesis of the hospital and the Order of the Holy Ghost in the context of the papal letter of Innocent III concerning the Veronica (1208), as well as , the image of the Veronica in the “Liber Regulae”, the splendid…

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Face to face with Christ in Late Medieval Rome. The Veil of Veronica in Papal Liturgy and Ceremony

Jörg Bölling (Hildesheim) Abstract The Veil of Veronica (“sudarium”) was one of the main relics preserved at the grave of Saint Peter, “prince of the apostles”. Whereas the other most important contact relics, pieces of the Holy Cross and the Holy Lance of Longinus, had no image of their own, the Veil in the belief…

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Innocent III and Veronica’s Veil: Papal PR or Eucharistic Icon?

Rebecca Rist (University of Reading) Abstract This paper will examine the cult of the sudarium known as Veronica’s Veil which was created in 1208 by Pope Innocent III (1198-1216), became an important focus of pilgrimage to Rome during the thirteenth century and for the Jubilee Year of 1300, and was to continue as an inspirational…

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The Roman Veronica and the Holy Face of Lucca: parallelisms and tangencies in the formation of both traditions

Raffaele Savigni (Università di Bologna) Abstract There are various points of contact between the cult of the Holy Face of Lucca (which is documented from the end of the 11th century but only becomes a consolidated tradition in the early 1200s) and that of the Veronica. Although the former is a wooden statue (despite being…

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“Datum Avenioni” Avignon Papacy and the Custody of the Veronica

 Chiara Di Fruscia (Rome) Abstract Starting with Pope Innocent III and throughout the 15th century, Catholic popes have enriched the symbolism related to the Holy Face of Christ by associating themselves to the expression vicarius-Christi. Such a conception clearly entails all sorts of ideological and political implications, therefore, we cannot consider the Veronica as the…

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“Sui pretiossisimi vultus Imago”: Veronica and Grants of Indulgences in the 13th and early 14th centuries

Étienne Doublier (Wuppertal) Abstract Both the “true icon” and “pardons” began to be extremely popoular especially during the thirteenth century. My paper questions the possible connection between the two phenomena and portrays the history of papal and episcopal indulgences connected with the veneration of Veronica in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Following topics will be…

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