More than an occasion for wearing scary costumes or going trick or treating, Halloween has deep religious roots that the Catholic faithful must not forget, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said on Friday.
“Halloween also has religious roots. But like many religious activities, other elements have been mixed in. Now it has become mainly a costume party held for fun,” Tagle noted.
He made it clear the Catholic Church is not opposed to how people observe Halloween but that it must be viewed in the proper perspective.
“The Church is not against people having fun, but they should not forget the real meaning of the celebration,” the cardinal said.
Halloween is not only the time to remember the dear departed, but also the martyrs and saints as well, he added.
Halloween costumes must be inspired by saints, Tagle said.
Recently, the Archdioceses of Cotabato and San Fernando, Pampanga and the Diocese of Malolos organized a March of Saints, where some children were dressed as saints and angels.
Tagle said the March of Saints will help bring back the true spirit of Halloween.
Also on Friday, President Benigno Aquino 3rd inspected major transport terminals in Metro Manila to check on preparations for the All Souls’ Day weekend, traditionally a time when Filipinos return to the provinces to visit their departed relatives.
Aquino first went to the North Port passenger terminal complex at the Manila North Harbor in Tondo, Manila, and took a look at the help desks that are manned by police, Coast Guard and Marina personnel, and x-ray security machines and metal detectors.
He inspected the ferry MV St. Leo the Great bound for the provinces of Cebu, Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the President was satisfied with the port preparations.
He added that Aquino was particularly concerned about the safety and comfort of passengers.
The President then proceeded to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City (Metro Manila) where he was briefed by Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado.
He also checked the JAC Liner Terminal on Buendia Avenue in Makati City (Metro Manila) with Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Winston Ginez.
His last stop was at the DLTB Bus terminal in Pasay City (Metro Manila).