Catholics may now be cremated, The Vatican announces

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Pope Francis presides an Holy Mass for the canonization of seven new Saints in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Vatican on October 16, 2016. On the morning of Sunday, October 16, Pope Francis proclaims seven new Saints: José Sánchez del Río, Salomone Leclercq, José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero (Cura Brochero), Manuel González García, Father Lodovico Pavoni, Alfonso Maria Fusco, Elizabeth of the Trinity.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said Tuesday that Catholics may be cremated, but may not have their ashes scattered at sea or kept in urns at home. According to new guidelines from the Vatican’s doctrinal office, cremated remains should be kept in a “sacred place” such as a church cemetery. Ashes should not be divided up between family members, “nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects.”

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