Learning about “death” in Judaism, Islam, Christianity

Speakers at the interreligious dialogue session on “death”. From left: Rabbi Mordechai Abergel, Mr Gerald Kong (moderator), Ustazah Lina Sakina bte Salim and Sister Theresa Seow.Christopher Khoo Jews believe in reincarnation. Muslims believe that the prayers of a “righteous child” can spiritually benefit a deceased parent. Christians believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection opened up [...]

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. [...]

Parish prays for deceased worker

The parish community of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes held a memorial service during the 6.30 pm Tamil Mass on Dec 15 to pray for the repose of the soul of Sakthivel Kumaravelu.The construction worker from India was killed in an accident on Dec 8 evening which allegedly triggered the rioting in Little [...]

Mass For Deceased Cardinals And Bishops

Vatican City, 4 November 2013 (VIS) – As is traditional, this morning in St. Peter’s Basilica the Pope celebrated Mass for the cardinals and bishops who passed away during the preceding year. “Only man’s sin may interrupt his bond with God, but even when this happens, God always seeks him out, He pursues him to [...]

Benedict XVI Prays For Deceased Popes

Vatican City, 3 November 2012 (VIS) – Yesterday afternoon, as is traditional on All Souls' Day, the Holy Father went down to the Vatican Grottoes to pray privately for the Popes buried there, and for all deceased.

New Funeral Rites: No To The Scattering Of The Ashes Of The Deceased

Vatican City, 30 March 2012 (VIS) – The second Italian-language edition of the “Funeral Rites”, produced by the Vatican Publishing House, was presented recently at the headquarters of Vatican Radio. Among other things, the new edition contains fully revised biblical texts and prayers. The first novelty refers to the visit to the family, which was [...]

Mass for Deceased Cardinals and Bishops

“In the face of death, we too cannot but experience feelings and thoughts dictated by our human condition. And we are always surprised and overwhelmed by a God Who came so close to us as not to pause even before the abyss of death. He crossed that abyss and remained in the grave for two [...]

Mass for Deceased Cardinals and Bishops

“Jesus came to save, not to condemn. With the sacrifice of the cross, He revealed the face of God’s love. And it is precisely because of our faith in the superabundant love Jesus Christ gave us that we know that even the smallest effort of love is greater that the most powerful destructive force and [...]

Mass For Deceased Cardinals And Bishops

VATICAN CITY, 5 NOV 2009 (VIS) – This morning in the Vatican Basilica the Pope presided at the traditional November Mass for the souls of cardinals and bishops who died over the course of the year. Members of the College of Cardinals concelebrated with the Holy Father. At the beginning of his homily, Benedict XVI [...]