Madrid, Spain, Oct 26, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Archbishop Jaume Pujol of Tarragona, Spain, said this week “religious ignorance is widespread” and therefore missionary work is needed not only in faraway lands but also in the cities and towns of Spain itself.
“Unfortunately, this is also mission territory,” the Archbishop wrote in his letter for World Mission Sunday.
He pointed out that “missionary action is the starting point of evangelization” and “Christians, with the testimony of their lives and the explicit proclamation of the Gospel, strive to bring believers and those away from the faith to initial conversion in Jesus Christ.”
Archbishop Pujol indicated that missionaries carry out the first proclamation of the Gospel and that this “provokes questions and doubts in those listeners who do not know or live the good news of the Gospel and initial sympathy and interest in the faith.”