Tuesday 25 April 2017

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

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

Liam Collins

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.

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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