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Polish priest apologises for burning of Harry Potter book

One of the first ever copies of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" by J.K. Rowling

The priest in northern Poland who led a public burning of the Harry Potter series and other books and items deemed by their owners as harmful has apologised and stressed it was not aimed against books or culture.

The Reverend Rafal Jarosiewicz published his apology on Facebook.

He said the burning of books and other items linked to magic and the occult was “unfortunate”.

Mr Jarosiewicz and other priests have drawn criticism after they burned books and items brought by parishioners on Sunday before a church in Gdansk, saying they were doing away with evil influences.

He was fined and an anti-smog group has contacted prosecutors about the open fire.

The book-burning comes as Poland’s influential Catholic Church is grappling with revelations about the scale of paedophilia among its priests.

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