Pope Calls for New Ways to Spread Gospel

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 6, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Recalling the life of St. Arnold Janssen, founder of the Society of the Divine Word, John Paul II called for new ways to be explored to spread the Gospel.

The Pope made his proposal today when meeting in Paul VI Hall with thousands of pilgrims who came to Rome to attend the canonization of Arnold Janssen and two others on Sunday. The German missionary (1837-1909) also founded the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters and the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters.

Speaking of the new saint, the Holy Father said: "In reviewing new and unexplored ways to spread the Gospel, he was able to inspire many collaborators around him -- priests, men and women religious, and lay people -- who now continue his apostolic work."