Actually, I think that's very nice of the Vatican, but with all due respect, credit should go where it's really due. It should go to those doing all the hard work spreading the word, in good ways and in bad ways, but probably more in bad ways than anything else. Of course you know what I'm talking about. The Vatican should thank the media for goodness sakes!
Vatican thanks Muslims for bringing God back into the public eye in Europe
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran says Muslims have brought debate about religion into the public sphere
The Vatican has thanked Muslims for bringing God back into the public sphere in Europe.
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Catholic Church's department for interfaith contacts, said religion was now talked and written about more than ever before in today's Europe.
'It's thanks to the Muslims,' he said in a speech printed in Friday's L'Osservatore Romano, the official daily of the Vatican.
'Muslims, having become a significant minority in Europe, were the ones who demanded space for God in society.'
Vatican officials have long bemoaned the secularisation of Europe, where church attendance has dwindled dramatically in recent decades, and urged a return to its historically Christian roots.