Tuesday of Week III of Lent
The Basilica of St. Pudentiana is a fourth-century church, the unofficial national church of the Philippines. Some considered this as the first cathedral of Rome! This is because when Peter first came to Rome, he stayed at the home of Pudens, a senator. He lived there for several years, baptized people and preached from this site.
Pudens is the father of Pudentiana and Praxedes. The first chapel was built here in 140 AD. Rebuilt many times since then, the present church has its foundation dating to the 4th century with modifications in 1588 and façade in 1870.
Since 1983, the Cardinal-Priest of the titular chuch has been Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the current Archbishop of Cologne, who is expected to retire by the end of next year.