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The Vatican and Halloween: clarification

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 02, 2009

Last week CWN posted a story about an article that had appeared in L'Osservatore Romano, warning against pagan and occult influences on the celebration of Halloween. Our own short summary of that article in the Vatican newspaper was reasonably accurate.

Unfortunately, CWN also linked to a story in the Daily Telegraph of London, which gave a somewhat sensationalistic account of the article in L'Osservatore. CWN should have cautioned readers about that Telegraph coverage-- as, indeed, we do caution readers about the problems with many accounts of Vatican affairs that appear in the British press. We apologize for the oversight in this case.

We have updated the CWN story to provide a bit more detail as to what the Vatican newspaper article said-- and, equally important, what it did not say.

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