DON'T be surprised if part of the sermon at an upcoming Sunday mass touches on Slovakia's switch to the euro.
Igor Barát, the government's appointee for euro adoption, has asked bishops for assistance on informing the elderly and socially disadvantaged about the arrival of the new currency, the SITA newswire wrote.
Barát made the request during a meeting with representatives from the Conference of Bishops of Slovakia (KBS) in Donovaly on March 11.
"Barát wants the church to provide calming information and convey that the arrival of the new currency might do well for the country," KBS spokesperson Jozef Kováčik told the Sme daily.
Newly assigned Bratislava Archbishop Stanislav Zvolenský stressed that the church will serve a purely informational role.
"There's no turning back from euro adoption at this point," Zvolenský told the daily. "So the government's appointee has asked us to help weaker groups better accept the transition to the new currency."
Barát will hold regular meetings with the priests to provide them with the necessary information.
31. Mar 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports