Dear Friends,

I am asking for emails to be sent to the Pope’s Representatives – Apostolic Nuncios – in opposition to the bullfight, asking them to pass on your concerns to the Pope.

I have myself twice emailed all the Apostolic Nuncios (AN) about the bullfight. once in October (no replies) and again in December. Two replies this time, from Archbishop Martin Krebs and Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, but they gave no commitment to passing on the message to the Pope.

The Catholic Church will take opposition to the bullfight seriously if she receives enough emails on the subject. so please copy and paste the following:-

The Catholic Church is criticised by many because she appears to tolerate blood fiestas. Please ask the Pope if he will 1) strongly condemn the bullfight 2) instruct the bishops in bullfighting countries to condemn this atrocity 3) call on the leaders of these countries to ban the bullfight.

Send to the A.N. in your country, adding in as many other email addresses as you wish, either as copies or in the ‘To’ part, or as separate emails. The list of addresses is here:- https://www.embassypages.com/holysee   or if there is a problem with the site, HERE

Many thanks, Virginia Bell, Catholic Action for Animals.

Why the Catholic Church should condemn bullfighting:-

The bullfight brings the Catholic Church into disrepute because:

• It is practised in Catholic countries like Spain and Mexico, where it is promoted, enacted and watched by Catholics;

• It is staged to celebrate feast days of the Virgin Mary and other saints. In the bullfighting countries and in other countries such as Brazil, Panama, Nicaragua, thousands of fiestas take place in which bulls and other animals are abused and/or killed in the name of a patron saint, sometimes under the blessing of a local priest;

• Priests and bishops turn a blind eye to the business, or may benefit from funds raised, or may help promote the abuses;

• The Church has influence in these countries, and therefore has a duty to do all she can to oppose such horrific cruelty.