Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, we now see Saint Paul welcomed in Corinth by a devout married couple, Aquila and Priscilla, who, like the Apostle, were tentmakers by trade. These two spouses – full of faith in God and of generosity to others – are a paradigm of Christian hospitality; in opening their house to the Apostle, they also embraced the Gospel he came to preach. As the meeting place of the early Christian community in Corinth, their home became a true “domestic church”. When Paul left Corinth for Ephesus, they continued to accompany him in his ministry, and later returned to Rome. As a model of Christian married life, Aquila and Priscilla also remind us of the many families who, by their faith and efforts to proclaim the Good News, have, in every generation, opened their hearts to Christ and made their homes places of fellowship and the worship of God in faith, hope and charity.
The Pope also greeted the various English-speaking groups present at the Audience:
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially the groups from England, Denmark, Australia, Malaysia, and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you!