‘I was listening to what our Pope has said about cremations… If he ever comes down to rural Kilkenny, I will be excommunicated.’

As heard on liveline

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Well, the Vatican ruling last week on cremation has had, shall we say, a ‘mixed reception’, even amongst many of the faithful. Check back on our previous story on this page, if you want some of the theological explanation. But in essence, the ruling made it clear that observant Catholics are forbidden from keeping the ashes of cremated loved ones …

‘Why do people keep Uncle John’s ashes on the mantelpiece? It can be a way of not moving on.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Burial rituals are probably as old as human civilisation itself and we see evidence of ancient practices even now, in the form of old stone dolmens across Western Europe, to structures like the great Pyramids of Egypt, which were accompanied by the 3500-year-old ritual of embalming. Cremation as a burial ritual is possibly just as old and, in recent years, …