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What is ‘green burial’ and does the Catholic Church allow it?

Jun 13, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The practice of “green burials” is growing in popularity including at numerous Catholic cemeteries throughout the United States.  Read more

People gather at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family on Palm Sunday in al-Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City on March 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement.

Catholics in Gaza are burying dead in Muslim cemeteries

Apr 16, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

Muslim cemeteries have opened to receive the bodies of Christians and give them a dignified burial.  Read more


Human composting, alkaline hydrolysis disrespect the human body, U.S. Catholic bishops say

Mar 23, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee on Thursday issued a statement stating that newer methods of human burial do not show... Read more


Chicago Catholics bury the remains of indigent adults and unborn babies in annual ceremony

Nov 1, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

“We come here to mourn the loss of 202 souls … who were in need of a sense of compassion... Read more


‘To dust you shall return,’ but human composting? California bishops raise objections

Sep 20, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

When a body is composted, it is placed in a reusable container where microbes and bacteria decompose it into soil... Read more


Catholic woman may receive settlement over her son's cremation

May 31, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A Catholic woman who sued the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office claiming her son was cremated in violation of her... Read more

Bishop Robert Deeley leads a committal of unclaimed cremated remains at the Old Cemetery at Calvary in South Portland, Maine, Nov. 22, 2021.

Bishop Deeley presides at outdoor prayer service for unclaimed remains in South Portland

Nov 30, 2021

By Dave Guthro

In view of the tombstones and damp terrain of the large and rolling Old Cemetery at Calvary, a small crowd... Read more

Archbishop Corrado Lorefice visits Santa Maria dei Rotoli cemetery on Nov. 2, 2021

‘No more coffins piled up’: Palermo archbishop laments lack of burial space

Nov 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The archbishop blessed 800 bodies still awaiting burial. Read more

Why many Catholic dioceses offer free interment of cremated remains

Nov 3, 2020

By Mary Farrow

There are many ways - some more conventional than others - that cremated remains, kept in urns or in other... Read more

Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Unknown dead buried with reverence at Catholic cemetery

Jun 6, 2013

At the Archdiocese of Denver's Mount Olivet Cemetery, no person is buried without prayers being said over them – even... Read more