November 11, 2013

A Polish archbishop has cautioned that Halloween celebrations violate Church teaching and urged Catholics not to take part "even in playful form.

This is a fundamentally anti-Christian festival," said Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Lodz.

"Parents and teachers should protect youngsters against its images of terror and dread, especially when many already associate it with the cult of Satan."

In a pastoral letter to his archdiocese, Jedraszewski said Poland was "already seeing a clear reversion in the Western world, as well as in Poland, to pagan practices."