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  • Irish folklife expert says Halloween traditions began in Ireland

    Irish folklife expert says Halloween traditions began in Ireland

    Father John McHale of Ireland says he never heard of evil spirits being around on Halloween night growing up, noting how the U.S. has influenced the holiday in Ireland. “What I did hear related to the souls of the family that needed prayer, because of the strong belief in purgatory and a belief in the power of indulgences to set them free from purgatory. You had that duty to make sure that you prayed for the souls of the dead on Nov. 2.”

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  • Europe at a crossroads, says new declaration by Christian intellectuals

    Europe at a crossroads, says new declaration by Christian intellectuals

    On Oct. 7, ten intellectuals from eight European nations published a call for “A Europe we can believe in.” This “Paris Statement” purports “to actively recover what is best in our tradition,” and to build a “peaceful, hopeful and noble future together.” The signatories say that if Europe abandons her Christian roots, rather than drawing on them for renewal, Europe’s peoples and cultures will lose their “home.”

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  • South Africa: Bishops call for strengthened governance to save workers’ pensions

    South Africa: Bishops call for strengthened governance to save workers’ pensions

    The Catholic bishops of South Africa are opposing a government minister’s proposal to use a public investment fund to prop up failing state companies. The fund manages billions of dollars from state pension funds. The bishops said they must “add a moral voice to the outrage over alleged plans to plunder the public investment corporation and the pensions of millions of hard-working government employees and pensioners.”

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