Today our pilgrimage brought us to Roman churches associated with St. Paul. In the morning we visited the Basilicas of Santa Prassede and Santa Pudenziana. These basilicas are decided to the two daughters of Pudens (2 Timothy 4:21). Pudens was an influential Roman citizen, who was baptized by St. Peter. Pudens, believed to be a Roman Senator, would open this home to St. Paul when Paul was in Rome. Prudens’ two daughters, Prassede and Pudenziana were martyred for burying the dead bodies of Christians killed by the Roman authorities. We celebrated mass today at the Basilica of Santa Prassede.
In the afternoon we visited Abbazia delle Tre Fontane (where St. Paul was imprisoned and martyred by beheading), and Papal Basilica St. Paul Outside-the-Walls (where St. Paul is buried).