Nero, the emperor of Rome, began to persecute Christians, Photini and
her son Joseph were in Carthage, in Africa, where she was preaching the
Christian gospel. After Jesus appeared to Photini in a dream, she sailed
to Rome. Her son and many Christians from Africa accompanied her.
Photini's arrival and activity aroused curiosity in the capital city.
Everyone talked about her, "Who is this woman?" they asked. "She came
here with a crowd of followers and she preaches Christ with great
"Christians can talk about xenophobia, preach and teach about it, and remind people that xenophobia is a sin that needs to be confessed. For Orthodox Christians a good opportunity to do this will be on the 5th Sunday of Pascha, which is the Sunday of the Samaritan woman."
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