From the canonization homily:
Eugene de Mazenod had, in fact, felt very deeply the universality of the Church’s mission. He knew that Christ wanted to unite the entire human race to himself. That is why he paid special attention throughout his life to the evangelization of the poor, wherever they were found.
Founded in Provence, in his native region, the Congregation was not slow in spreading “to the ends of the earth.” Through preaching based on meditation on the Word of God, it put into practice the exhortations of Saint Paul: “How can one believe without having heard the Word of the Lord? How can one hear his Word if no one has proclaimed it?” Proclaiming Christ, for Eugene de Mazenod, meant becoming that apostolic man whom every age needs, with the spiritual fervor and missionary zeal that gradually configured him to the Risen Christ.
Pope John Paul 2