“When clearing my father’s flat after his death, my brother and I found the urn in which our brother Lorenzo’s ashes were kept. My father often spoke to that urn, and stroked it lovingly. Lorenzo had died years before, and this was one way to keep his memory alive."

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“Yet now, it would seem, Pope Francis would ban the practice. Even though we survivors draw comfort from it, the Vatican has ruled that keeping the ashes of the dearly departed at home is forbidden. So is the scattering of ashes in the wind, or over the sea. Indeed, those who ask for such rites are to be denied a Christian burial. Even cremation, banned until the Sixties, is frowned upon."

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“When men and women seek to make sense of death, they are exploring the life of the spirit. Pope Francis should welcome this, even if it comes with new-fangled ideas about the sacredness of the sea and the holiness of a hillside. If today’s humans revere nature like the pantheistic Greeks did 2000 years ago, that’s better than worshipping themselves, or their bank account, or their Hollywood heroes."

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