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The basis for the Catholic Church has always been missionary work Saints like Paul and Patrick are the people who made the Church strong Pope John Paul II has always been a great proponent for missionary works St John tells us that God is Love 1 Jn 48 16 Every person therefore is invited to repent and believe in Gods merciful love In this quote the Pope tells us that all people of all lands races and creeds are called to repent for their transgressions against God and to come to believe that God loves them unconditionally This is the driving force behind missionary work to bring others to Gods love and unending mercy Both Saint Patrick and Saint Paul lived out their lives after their respective conversions as models of missionary life These two Saints each went to groups that were considered barbaric by the Christians of their times Paul went to the Gentiles or non-Jews Patrick went to the Irish In Pauls time gentiles were looked down upon by all Jews They were pagans and practiced traditions that sometimes included human sacrifice Saint Patrick went to the island of re also known as Ireland He went to convert the Irish a seemingly barbaric people who raided villages on the coasts or Britain and France who had kidnapped and enslaved him as a youth Even though these two great Saints had much in common during their lives they also had many distinct qualities Paul had been a Roman official and a great persecutor of Christians until a vision of Christ showed him the error of his destructive ways and he converted He became one of the greatest missionaries and protector of the Christian faith Patrick was somewhat of an agnostic in his youth He was unsure of his beliefs When he was kidnapped by the Irish he all but gave up hope However it was in his years as a slave in Ireland that
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