In much of the west, Christianity is on the decline.
Pope Benedict XVI wants to redress the situation with a new "Vatican Council for the Evangelization of Western Countries," whose efforts will concentrate on Europe and North America.
Its first president, Italian Archbishop Rino Fisichella, presented details of the new Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at the Vatican. Its aim is to help bring the Christian message to all parts of society.
"It's a great challenge to bring in those countries where for century or millenia the gospel has been proclaimed," Fisichella said. Among other things, the Council will coordinate initiatives that encourage the use of media as tools for re-evangelization.
A group of cardinals, bishops and experts will be appointed by the Pope in the coming weeks to undertake the re-evangelizing mission.