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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

'Modern medical advances have made pain unendurable and assisted suicide a human right' (PA)

In modern society, fear of God has been replaced by fear of death

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

Dylan Thomas

Katie Roiphe’s The Violet Hour examines writers, such as Dylan Thomas and John Updike, ‘who have worked through the problem of death in their art’

Visiting nuns venerate the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at Westminster Cathedral (PA)

She never had any children, but as a dormitory mistress she lavished her maternal gifts on us

Pilgrims carry an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe toward the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City [PA]

Around 200-300 people were walking towards a church when the accident happened in the state of Zacatecas

A priest offers Holy Communion to an elderly man in Chile (Photo: CNS)

In admitting his guilt he would have faced the truth about himself – and encountered the truth about God too

Migrants arrive at Zefyros beach near the coast of Rhodes, Greece (CNS)

Cardinal Marx says migrant deaths represent a ‘defeat for everything that makes the European Union a community of values’

The Resurrection by Lucas Cranach (1558)

The Church must remind us again about the certainty of death

There is no reason  why a coffin cannot be driven up to a crematorium  without ceremony (PA)

We human beings are ceremonial animals and funerals are vital, even for the non-religious