Four-year-old Quillan Yates gets a helping hand with his pirate costume from his teacher Ms Barbara Thomas during a Halloween party at St Mary School in New York. CNS photo Four-year-old Quillan Yates gets a helping hand with his pirate costume from his teacher Ms Barbara Thomas during a Halloween party at St Mary School in New York. CNS photo

An archbishop in Poland has urged the country’s youth to shun Halloween, condemning the holiday as “anti-Christian” and “pagan” and arguing that it promotes a “culture of death” .

Archbishop Andrzej Dziyga of Szczecin-Kamien in northwest Poland sent a letter to his flock warning them that Halloween introduces a “world of darkness, including devils, vampires and demons” disguised as “fun” to school children.

“It is with growing sadness that we see in the last few years a trend of so-called Halloween celebrations growing in Poland,” the archbishop wrote. “This kind of fun, tempting children like candy, also poses the real possibility of great spiritual damage, even destroying spiritual life.”

The origins of Halloween lie in the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain, which was brought to the United States by Irish immigrants but which has become increasingly popular across Europe and now in Singapore. - By Ed West, THE CATHOLIC HERALD

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