“Hallowe’en has an undercurrent of occultism and is absolutely anti-Christian.” Parents should “be aware of this and try to direct the meaning of the feast towards wholesomeness and beauty rather than terror, fear and death,” he said.
The Daily Telegraph reports the Vatican has decided Halloween is an Anti-Christian trick and and not a harmless treat. These views spring from an article inL’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, which ran an article with the headline "Hallowe’en’s dangerous messages." In the article Father Joan María Canals was quoted as saying:
Going further he said that Halloween activities are obsessed with death:
"Children dress as witches, vampires, ghosts, masks, corpses, skeletons, and parents favour this type of festivity which plays with elements of death,” Father Canals said. “But when a relative dies they prevent them from seeing the dead relative.”
This admonishment comes after Halloween traditions, previously a North American phenomenon, have begun spreading to other areas of the world.
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