The Roman Catholic church has allowed its followers to be cremated since 1963 under certain circumstances, but the Vatican recently issued new guidelines for those who have chosen cremation over traditional burial. According to the new guidelines, released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the church reaffirmed that cremation can be used in certain circumstances but added that the remains of loved ones should not be scattered at sea or on land or into the wind or be kept as mementos, and should be stored in a sacred place. The guidelines were published ahead of All Souls Day on Nov. 2, and in response to the growing popularity of cremation around the world where cemetery space is difficult to find in populated areas. Although the church had long forbade cremation because it was seen as a rejection of the belief in the resurrection of the body, the Vatican soften its stance in 1963 allowing for approved cremation. The church still stressed its preference for traditional burials in the new guidelines, but that cremations should “avoid every form of scandal or the appearance of religious indifferentism.” Catholic cemeteries have begun to offer columbariums to store urns with ashes in a holy spot that family members and loved ones can visit.
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Raised with more than one religion
Nearly 20 percent of American adults were raised in a household with more than one religion, according to a new study. In a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 1 in 5 U.S. adults grew up in a family with more than one religion with most having one Protestant or Catholic parent and one religiously unaffiliated parent. Although religiously mixed backgrounds remain the exception, according to the poll, 27 percent of millennials were raised in religiously mixed homes and 24 percent of young people said they were raised by at least one parent who did not have a religious affiliation.
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“Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ” by Timothy Keller
In his new book, “Hidden Christmas,” Timothy Keller takes readers on an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the nativity. By understanding the message of hope and salvation within the Bible’s account of Jesus’ birth, readers will experience the redeeming power of God’s grace in a deeper and more meaningful way.
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rector: In the Anglican and Episcopal churches, the priest in charge of a parish who is responsible for conducting worship and leading spiritual affairs.
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According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Uruguay is:
— Protestant: 34 percent
— Roman Catholic: 34 percent
— Muslim: 3.7 percent
— Unaffiliated or other: 28.3 percent
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