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French laywoman and promoter of missions to be beatified in France on Sunday

Pauline Jaricot lived 200 years ago in France and came from a well-to-do merchant family. 

After a profound conversion as a teenager, she founded an initiative focused on the development of missions: the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, which today has expanded into 4 institutions dedicated to missions.

President, Pontifical Mission Societies
Pauline Jaricot's real interest was to bring France back to the Gospel, a France that after the French Revolution had suffered a great secularization.

To promote missions, Jaricot involved her neighbors. Together, they prayed for missionaries and contributed funds. The initiative spread to other countries and there was a year in which she raised over 2.5 million dollars.

Pope Gregory XVI saw her dedication as a concrete example of re-Christianizing the laity in the West. In fact, he even went to visit her.

President, Pontifical Mission Societies
She said that she did not want to enter a convent nor did she feel the vocation to religious life because she saw the world as her monastery. I think the message she conveyed was this: the world is a place where one can live one's Christian faith and yet, it is also a place to be evangelized and transformed.

Pauline Jaricot is considered an example of a layperson committed to evangelization. She had a challenging life, marked by illness, but the difficulties did not dampen her missionary zeal.