Vatican newspaper highlights group’s ‘Christ-centered alternative to Halloween’
October 31, 2013
In its October 31 issue, L’Osservatore Romano drew attention to the efforts of a Philippine Catholic organization to establish a “Christ-centered alternative to Halloween.”
“Today, there is a growing concern among Christians that the modern celebration of Halloween trivializes and even glamorizes evil, the occult, and superstitious and pagan practices and beliefs that are incompatible with the Christian faith,” the organization Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls states on its website. “To reclaim the sacredness of the eve of All Saints, we need to create a counterculture that will serve as a Christ-centered alternative to Halloween by starting a tradition of our own.”
The March of Saints – a festive gathering in which Catholics dress up as saints – “is a fitting tradition that can be firmly established in every parish and diocese to reclaim the sacredness of All Saints Day and to give back the glory to God,” the organization adds.
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