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11 Sep 2015 Americas News No comments

Read the official prayer for Pope Francis' visit to Cuba

The Cuban bishops have issued a prayer to help prepare for Pope Francis' Sept. 19-22 visit to their island nation, focused on the visit's theme, “Missionary of …

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09 Sep 2016 Articles Comments (1)

Why I’m Catholic: Sola Scriptura Isn’t Scriptural, Part I

When I began to look critically the idea of sola scriptura, as an evangelical Protestant and Bible Christian I had one question foremost in my mind: What does S…

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03 Oct 2015 Europe News Comments (3)

Ahead of the synod, LGBT activists lobby bishops. Here's what they want.

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19 Jul 2016 Vatican Comments (2)

Theologians: Amoris Laetitia needs clarification against ‘heretical’ interpretations

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06 Oct 2016 Articles Comments (2)

Threat of World War III grows, but it won't look like you think. Here's how WW3 will be different and…

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12 Oct 2016 News No comments

Mary Whitehouse was right about morality, says barrister who fought against her

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The Intercession of the Saints

Fundamentalists often challenge the Catholic practice of asking saints and angels to pray on our behalf. But the Bible directs us to invoke those in heaven and …

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26 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Watch as it happened: Pope Francis visits New York school

Pope Francis is visiting the Our Lady Queen of the Angels school Source:…

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08 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Letters from the Synod: October 8, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops DISQUISITIONS …being thoughts on Synod 2015 fr…

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How can I explain why turning cremains into a diamond is wrong?

Full Question

The family of a deceased Catholic friend is considering giving the cremated remains to a company that will process a diamond out of the cremains. Can you help me give them a good reason why this is wrong?


Although the Church allows for cremation (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2301), it is very concerned that the cremains be treated with appropriate respect (Indult on Cremation, Congregation for Divine Worship, 1997). The cremains should not be scattered but should be disposed of in a dignified manner, whether by committing them to the earth or sea in a suitable container or by placing them in a mausoleum (Order of Christian Funerals 416).


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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Hmm. What if they leave the diamond to the RCC? I’ll bet that’s OK

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