Ignore Halloween, insist Polish bishops

 

Two Catholic archbishops have urged worshippers not to observe Hallowe'en because it "promotes harmful, diabolical behaviour".

Andrzej Dziega, archbishop of the north-western city of Szczecin, told his parishioners that Hallowe'en was "destroying spiritual life" and trick-or-treating hid "diabolical attitudes" by encouraging children to harm others. The archbishop of Warsaw, Kazimierz Nycz, said the festival went against the Church's teaching by promoting "the occult and magic".

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