The Pope has formally created a new Vatican office to revive Christianity in Europe, his latest attempt to counter secular trends in traditionally Christian countries.

In a decree he said the new office would promote church doctrine, use the media to get the church’s message out and mobilise missionary activities.

But even on its first day of existence, the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation ran into an all-too-typical Vatican snag: The four-page decree instituting the office was issued in only Latin and Italian.

Asked how the Pope expected to bring the church’s message to the world in such relatively unknown languages, the head of the new office, Rino Fisichella said he had not been in charge until today and was not responsible for how the decree was issued.

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