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 Wednesday.
"This great event also challenges our religious duty of spreading the word of God," Father Andrzej Pradela, from the Baltic port Gdansk archdiocese, told the Polish Press Agency PAP.
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.
Spain, Ireland, Italy and Croatia will pay in Gdansk while Germany will be based in the city for the 16-nation, quadrennial European championships co-hosted by Ukraine.
Euro 2012 kicks off June 8 in the Polish capital Warsaw and ends July 1 in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.