In his initial effort to accomplish his mission, Gregory sent Augustine of Canterbury (d. 604) as the head of a small group of missionaries to bring Christian life and faith to England. A number of Gregory's contemporaries also carried Christianity to other parts of Europe. For example, Columban (ca. 521-97), an Irish monk, preached to the Franks. A century later Boniface (ca. 675-754) converted the Germanic peoples. In the latter part of the 10th century Christianity made rapid headway in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. The call to baptize all nations was being accomplished.
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