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Vatican guide on burial and cremation focuses on belief in resurrection of the flesh

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:24
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Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service

St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery in St. Charles

VATICAN CITY — Professing belief in the resurrection of the dead and affirming that the human body is an essential part of a person's identity, the Catholic Church insists that the bodies of the deceased be treated with respect and laid to rest in a consecrated place.

While the Catholic Church continues to prefer burial in the ground, it accepts cremation as an option, but forbids the scattering of ashes and the growing practice of keeping cremated remains at home, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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