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Philippine bishops speak out against New Year’s Eve firecrackers

Catholic World News - December 30, 2010

Two Philippine bishops are urging the faithful not to spend immoderate amounts of money on firecrackers for New Year’s Eve.

“I do not forbid buying firecrackers, but they have become very, very expensive, and the money spent goes into the air as pollution and of course causes plenty of accidents,” said Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro, who suggested that the money instead be spent assisting poor neighbors.

Criticizing the superstitious belief that firecrackers drive out evil, Bishop Martin Jumoad of Isabela added that “evil is within us if we do bad things, the evil is in our thoughts if we plan ideas contrary to God’s will.”

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