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The urn containing the ashes of Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda (AP)

The new instructions were released on Tuesday by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Washington DC earlier this year (CNS)

The ‘funeral without the funeral’ could refocus our attention on the Eucharistic sacrifice. It’s a lot cheaper, too

A Requiem Mass for Czech leader Václav Havel, whose body was cremated (Photo: PA)

Humans require more than secular rites of ‘closure’

Newlyweds wave as the Pope arrives for this morning's general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 07/11/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Vaclav Havel's widow holds an urn containing his ashes (CTK Photo/Roman Vondrous)

The Italian Church’s newly promulgated Funeral Rites leave me in a quandary