On the Vatican’s instruction on burial and cremation

A columbariam in Singapore. According to the instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ashes of the departed may not be placed in a domestic residence and the ashes may not be divided among family members.On Oct 25, the Holy See Press Office presented the Instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine [...]

Questions on the Faith: About cremation

Q: During Bible Study, we discussed what our resurrected bodies would look like and this led to the subject of Catholic burial. Some of us do not understand the Catholic Church’s stand that the cremated ashes of a Catholic can only be kept or deposited on holy ground which today means in a church columbarium. [...]

Learning about the Bible through art

“It’s really what we call a masterpiece, to juggle light and darkness in this painting that depicts the burial of Jesus,” said Fr Emmanuel Danjoux.“You’ll find that it is inviting whoever is looking at the painting to focus on the grave stone below.”Paris Foreign Missions priest, Fr Danjoux, was highlighting the subtle aspects of Italian [...]