Here is the tale from the Acts of Apostles about the events happened in our country, Italy. The following text is about the last phase of a very long journey, in which st. paul, st. Luke and the other fellows risked their life in a shipwreck. The reason of the journey was the appeal of st. Paul to Cesar.

Our saint was travelling in chains and was guarded by a roman soldier. This particular let us think of how the christian faith arrived in Italy, that is it was brought by a prisoner, in his complete weakness, that was God's strength.

"11 Three months later we set sail on a ship that had wintered at the island. It was an Alexandrian ship with the Dioscuri as its figurehead.

12 We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days,

13 and from there we sailed round the coast and arrived at Rhegium. After a day, a south wind came up and in two days we reached Puteoli.

14 There we found some brothers and were urged to stay with them for seven days. And thus we came to Rome.

15 The brothers from there heard about us and came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul gave thanks to God and took courage.

16 When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.


17 Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them, "My brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or our ancestral customs, I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.

18 After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me, because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.

19 But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation.

20 This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel that I wear these chains."

21 They answered him, "We have received no letters from Judea about you, nor has any of the brothers arrived with a damaging report or rumor about you.

22 But we should like to hear you present your views, for we know that this sect is denounced everywhere."

23 So they arranged a day with him and came to his lodgings in great numbers. From early morning until evening, he expounded his position to them, bearing witness to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus from the law of Moses and the prophets.

24 Some were convinced by what he had said, while others did not believe.

25 Without reaching any agreement among themselves they began to leave; then Paul made one final statement. "Well did the holy Spirit speak to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah, saying:

26 'Go to this people and say: You shall indeed hear but not understand. You shall indeed look but never see.

27 Gross is the heart of this people; they will not hear with their ears; they have closed their eyes, so they may not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and be converted, and I heal them.'

28 Let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen."

29 (And when he had said this, the Jews left, seriously arguing among themselves.)

30 He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him,

31 and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ."