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Mexican bishop warns against Halloween celebration

Catholic World News - November 04, 2013

The bishop of Aguascalientes, a central Mexican city of over 900,000, called upon Catholics to commemorate All Saints Day and All Souls Day rather than Halloween, according to El Sol del Centro, a local newspaper.

“Hollywood has undoubtedly contributed to the spread of Halloween with a series of films in which graphic violence and murder create in the viewer a morbid state of anguish and anxiety,” said Bishop José María de la Torre Martin.

The prelate also noted that Halloween has become “big business: masks, costumes, candy, makeup and other necessary articles.”

The bishop urged Catholics to retain the custom of visiting graves on All Souls Day and to explain the meaning of the custom to their children.

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