Tuesday 6 December 2016

Comment: Ashes ban is the Vatican dreaming up new ways to torment faithful

Published 26/10/2016 | 02:30

Pope Francis approved the new cremation rules for Catholics. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Pope Francis approved the new cremation rules for Catholics. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

As we approach the feast of the Holy Souls, when we remember our dead, we also recall the solemn incantation: "Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you will return." But nobody ever told us what to do with the dust of the deceased before now.

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Some keep ashes at home in an urn on the mantle piece, others have their ashes scattered at a location that meant something to them, still more divide the ashes between different family members, or put a pinch in a locket or other trinket.

Still others take a spot in the memorial wall of the cemetery.

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