Which Is the Real Biblical Artifact: The Sudarium of Oviedo Vs. Veronica’s Veil?

The legend of the one of the Catholic Church’s relics is the or simply known, “Veronica’s Veil”. This piece of cloth is believed to be the actual face of Jesus Christ before He was crucified on His way to the cross. According to legend a woman had given a cloth to the Christ so that he could wipe His face on the cloth creating an impression of His face on the cloth. But does this cloth display the real face of Jesus?

The Bible never refers to such an event, nor any woman named “Veronica” meaning “True Icon” supposedly in Latin. Also, this cloth shows no sign of blood that Jesus would have been impressed against His face. However, there is a cloth, that was folded aside Christ’s shroud, which is referred to in the Book of John 20:6-7:
“Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.” (KJV).

The Vulgate Bible refers to the “napkin” as the “sudarium” which literally means “sweat cloth” in Latin. According to ancient Hebrew law, if a person dies and the face appears beyond recognition, it must be covered by a cloth on the way to the tomb.
Christ’s need for wearing a sweat cloth began when Roman soldiers beat Him, and pushed down a thick wreath of sharp thorns which became firmly attached all around His head. His face would have been covered with blood due to the thorns that deeply punctured the head’s skin. Blood would have streamed down His face from his head in great quantities which had already made Him unrecognizable.

Many hours later, while He hung on the cross, his body gave up much more blood. His arms were stretched out and up on the cross. Also, His feet were nailed, so He could not pull himself up in order to breathe without feeling a great deal of pain. As a result, His lungs filled up with edema which caused asphyxiation. After He drew His last breath, He was taken down from the cross. Then, blood mixed with edema exited His nose and the sudarium was used to catch both fluids as evidently somebody tried to staunch it. As a result, two large spots of blood appeared on the cloth. Also, the sudarium soaked blood that had already covered His face due to the crown of thorns pushed against the head by Roman soldiers which caused pin pricks of blood to appear from the top of his head.

According to historical documents, the sudarium had been in Jerusalem before 600 A.D. It was brought to Spain where it was housed in several towns. During the 9th century A.D., it arrived at the Cathedral in Oviedo and has remained there ever since.
It should be abundantly clear that the “Sudarium of Oviedo”, not Veronica’s veil is the “other” cloth that was found in Christ’s tomb after He was resurrected from death.


Interesting Facts About Qatar’s Sports

Qatar is sometimes called the “sports club usa in the world. In this Arab country you can feel the Olympic atmosphere: many children competing in athletics, tennis, football, volleyball, basketball, karate, gymnastics and judo. Cylist legend Eddy Merckx said, “Qatar as a country pushes for sport. No other country in the world is doing what Qatar is doing for sport – especially for kids. As a child, sport is a great school of life. It shows you that just talent is not enough – you also have to work very hard. If you’re a lawyer, you stay a lawyer for life. As a sportsman or sportswomen, you have to start every season at the beginning again. It’s hard to become the best, but it’s even more difficult to stay the best year after year.” Certainly, Qatar – it is about the size of Hawaii- has one of the best sporting systems outside of the industrialized world.

The Arab athlete Saif Saaeef Shaheen won the gold medal in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2003 World Athletics Championships in Paris, France. There were celebrations for Qatar, after he won the gold medal. Saif Saaeef Shaheen wrote history for Qatar becoming the first Qatari to win a world championship in the Olympic sport.

Qatar qualified for the 2007 Handball World Championship. It was the third time that Qatar had qualified for a World Cup. Under the direction of Ekrem Jaganjac, Qatar`s national coach, the Qatari team defeated Australia 36-22. “In Qatar, there are no outstanding players, but there are many enthusiastic young ones, and I concentrate all my work on them”, said Jaganjac, who was a member of the enlarged Yugoslav team for the Summer Olympics in 1972.

Doha was scheduled to host the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1995.

Ahmed Ibraheem was the first runner to represent Qatar at an Olympic track event when he competed in the 10,000 metres and 5,000 metres at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad in Seoul (South Korea) in 1988.

The Qatari football team finished sixth at the Olympic Games in Barcelona (Spain). In the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Football Tournament 16 men`s teams competed in four rounds (preliminaries, quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals). Under the brilliant leadership Mubarak Nooralla, Qatar defeated Egypt (African champion) 1-0 in the first round. Qatar represented Asia in the quarters finals, but was eliminated by Poland, one of the best teams of Europe. The Olympic players were Ahmed Khalil Saleh, Hamad Al-Atteya, Rashid Shami Suwaid, Zamel Essa Al-Kuwari, A-Nasser Ali Al-Obaidly, Waleef Bukhit Maayof, Mubarak Nooralla, Juman Salem Johar, Mahmoud Yaseen Souf, Fahad Mohd Al-Kuwari, Adel Mulla Al-Mulla, Mohd Al Mohannadi and A-Aziz Hassan Jaloof.

Doha -the country`s capital and largest city- is one of the most modern sporting cities in the world. It has many sports facilities.The Khalifa International Stadium is the nation`s largest stadium. It is one of the most beautiful and modern stadiums in the world. Doha is also the home of the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

This Asian country organized the 1999 Handball World Junior Championship. There were 17 teams: Denmark, Sweden, Egypt, France, Yugoslavia, Spain, Russia, Greece, Tunisia, Portugal, Croatia, Qatar, Brazil, Israel, Norway, Hungary and New Zealand.

Doha hosted the Asian Games in December 2006. The opening ceremony on 1 December was held at the Khalifa International Stadium before a crowd of more than 50,000. At the 2006 Asian Games, Sheik Mohammed Bin Hamad Al -Thani, a Qatari horseman, did the honors of carrying the Olympic flame and lighting the torch. A record number of 45 countries and territories participated in the event. The Olympic village was home to 10,500 sportspeople.The competitive programme included 39 sport events: archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, bodybuilding, bowling, kayak, chess, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, field hockey, judo, kabaddi, karate, rowing, rugby, sailing, sepaktakraw, shooting, softball, squash, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, triathlon, tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wushu and wrestling. These Asian Games will be remembered for its excellent organization and hospitality. The success of the Asian Games was result of the combined efforts of the Qatari government and the organizing committee (Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee). The Asian Games are the second largest international sporting event after the Summer Olympic Games.


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