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Amen! Polish churches go multilingual for Euro 2012

Don’t worry, Irish fans. You’ll be able to get in an English-language mass before the Spain game.

Divine intervention: Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
Divine intervention: Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
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CHURCHES ON POLAND’S Baltic coast are to hold mass in extra languages to accommodate foreign football fans flooding in for the Euro 2012 championships, local media reported today.

“This great event also challenges our religious duty of spreading the word of God,” Father Andrzej Pradela, from the Baltic port Gdansk archdiocese said.

Roman Catholic mass will be said in English, Croatian, Spanish, German and Italian at 10 different churches in and around Gdansk on June 10, 17 and 24, based on which national teams are playing at the time.

Ireland as well as Spain, Italy and Croatia will pay in Gdansk while Germany will be based in the city for the 16-nation European championships co-hosted by Ukraine. Euro 2012 kicks off on Friday in the Polish capital Warsaw and ends 1 July in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

- © AFP, 2012

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