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Paul was faithful to the mission he had received from Jesus.


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Today's Reading
Acts 25:13b-21

Paul has been brought before the Roman governor Festus in Caesarea. The governor doesn’t know what to do with Paul, who had been left in prison by his predecessor. King Agrippa, a small-time Jewish king who is visiting, asks to hear Paul. In the end, everyone agrees that Paul has done nothing worthy of punishment, and that he could be released if he hadn’t already appealed to the emperor.

We don’t know how Paul’s appeal to the emperor turned out. Eventually of course, he was martyred. We do know that at this point, Paul got to Rome, and preached confidently to all who came to him. He was faithful to the mission he had received from Jesus. Christians of today remain in his debt.

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Emeritus Daniel E. Pilarczyk, the eighth ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally prominent churchman, educator and author. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was ordained a priest on December 20, 1959, after studies in Rome. He was ordained bishop in 1974, and installed as Archbishop of Cincinnati in 1982, where he served until his retirement in 2009. In addition to a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Urban University, he holds an M.A. in classics from Xavier University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Cincinnati. He has written more than a dozen popular books and many pamphlets and articles. His best-selling book is Twelve Tough Issues – And More. His most recent books are When God Speaks and Live Letters. Archbishop Pilarczyk’s service to the American church includes terms as vice president (1986-1989) and president (1989-1992) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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