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Report: Every home called to become a ‘domestic church’, says Pope

February 7, 2007

From Catholic News Service:

From the earliest days of Christianity, the faith was nourished and the church grew thanks to the commitment of believing married couples, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Continuing what he described as a verbal “portrait gallery” of important figures in the early church, the pope focused his Feb. 7 general audience remarks on Priscilla and Aquila, a married couple who assisted St. Paul in his ministry in Corinth, Ephesus and Rome.

The couple not only opened their home to St. Paul, but also to all local Christians, hosting the community’s gatherings to read the Scriptures and share the Eucharist, the pope said.

“It is thanks to the faith and apostolic commitment of lay faithful, of families (and) spouses like Priscilla and Aquila that Christianity has reached our generation,” the pope said.

The faith proclaimed by the apostles, he said, took root in the lives of the people thanks to the commitment of couples and families, “and it always will be only in this way that the church grows.”

“This couple demonstrates how important is the action of Christian couples. When they are supported by the faith and a strong spirituality, their courageous commitment for the church and in the church becomes natural,” he said.

Pope Benedict said Christians today should follow the example of Priscilla and Aquila.

“Every home can be transformed into a little church,” not only being a place marked by love and care for others, but particularly being a place where every activity and attitude revolves around a clear recognition that Jesus Christ is lord, he said.

While it is true that the love of a husband and wife mirrors Christ’s love for his church, the pope said, “we also can maintain that the apostle (Paul) models the life of (the) entire church on that of the family. The church is, in reality, the family of God.”

Full report & text of Pope’s remarks here.


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