Muslim groups in Germany at odds over planned anti-terrorism march

The Nicht Mit Uns or Not With United States march has actually been prepared as opposition to violence in the name of Islam, however some groups state it stigmatises Muslims

A row has actually broken out amongst organisations representing Muslims in Germany over a peace march to object versus terrorism due to happen at the weekend.

Nicht Mit Uns or Not With United States has actually been arranged by Muslim activists in Cologne to make a stand versus acts of horror and violence performed in the name of Islam .

But a the nations greatest Islamic organisation has stated it would not participate in the presentation which it stated totaled up to a task of regret which remained in threat of splitting German society.

The organisers of the demonstration have actually called Saturdays occasion a Ramadan March of Peace , which they state thousands are anticipated to participate in.

They state they have actually particularly selected Ramadan , the Muslim holy month, due to the fact that of the a great deal of attacks that have actually been performed throughout the world by Islamist terrorists throughout this duration.

Listing a string of attacks from Paris and Brussels to Kabul, Baghdad and Istanbul, organisers Lamya Kaddor, an Islamic scholar and Tarek Mohamad, a Muslim peace activist, have actually contacted demonstrators to send out an effective signal versus violence and horror.

In a perverse way, terrorists have actually consistently picked this time in specific to perform a particularly a great deal of their godawful deeds, they stated.

But DITIB, Germanys greatest umbrella organisation for Muslims, has actually contacted its members to remain at house, cautioning that the march will just cause their more stigmatisation.

Demands for Muslim anti-terrorism presentations fail, a representative stated. They stigmatise Muslims and provide the impression that global terrorism leads back to their mosques and neighborhoods.

The declaration went on to state that Muslims had currently, many times, distanced themselves from acts of violent through typical public declarations, public prayer events and other efforts.

It likewise criticised the organisers for arranging the presentation on the 22nd day of Ramadan, when those observing the spiritual act are prohibited from drinking and consuming in between 3.47 am and 9.55 pm.

Fasting Muslims can not be anticipated to show for hours in the midday sun, DITIB stated.

Saturdays presentation is happening in the city where stress in between Muslim immigrants and non-Muslims increased substantially after mass sex attacks performed throughout 2015/16 New Year events which saw numerous ladies reporting occurrences of molestation and rape by guys who police recognized as being of Arab and North African origin.

Critics of chancellor Angela Merkels open door policy to refugees in the summertime and fall of 2015 have actually blamed the federal government for fear attacks such as on targeting a Christmas market in Berlin last December where 12 individuals were eliminated.

Meanwhile Muslim leaders have actually consistently dealt with claims they have actually cannot effectively deal with the occurrences.

Nicht Mit Uns has the broad assistance of Germanys political mainstream and Muslim interest groups, consisting of the Central Council of Muslims, in addition to Christian groups. Agents of political leaders from the judgment union of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats, in addition to from a lot of opposition celebrations, together with authors, stars and tv characters are because of participate.

Kaddor, a book author and chair of the Liberal-Islamic Association who showed up in Germany from Syria with her moms and dads in 1978, stated the timing of the demonstration was intentional after weeks of severe violence that had actually occurred throughout the world.

Manchester was the final stroke, she informed the Klner Stadt-Anzeiger paper , describing the Manchester Arena bomb attack where 23 were eliminated and much more were hurt.

She included: We Muslims wish to come together and form a broad union versus everybody who utilizes violence, especially when they speak in our name.

DITIB stated it would be holding its own efforts of prayers for peace and versus terrorism in its mosques this weekend.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/16/muslim-groups-in-germany-at-odds-over-planned-anti-terrorism-march

Muslim children forced to drop ‘religious’ names in western China

Children under 16 informed excessively spiritual names such as Saddam, Hajj and Jihad should be altered in the middle of pro-Communist rallies throughout Xinjiang area

Muslim kids in Chinas far western Xinjiang area are being required to alter their spiritual names and grownups are being pushed into participating in rallies revealing dedication to the formally atheist Communist celebration.

During Ramadan, the authorities in Xinjiang have actually purchased all kids under 16 to alter names where cops have actually identified they are excessively spiritual. As lots of as 15 names have actually been prohibited, consisting of Islam , Quran, Mecca, Jihad, Imam, Saddam, Hajj, Medina and Arafat, inning accordance with Radio Free Asia.

In April authorities prohibited particular names for babies that were considered to have spiritual undertones, however the brand-new order broadens forced name modifications to anybody under 16, the age at which Chinese residents are provided a nationwide identity card.

The order accompanied millions collecting at 50,000 specific rallies throughout Xinjiang today to promise loyalty to the Communist celebration. More than a quarter of the areas population sang the nationwide anthem at 9am on 29 May and promised loyalty to the Communist celebration, inning accordance with state media reports.

Xinjiangs Muslims mainly coming from the Uighur ethnic group, a Turkic individuals. The area has actually periodically seen erratic violence which China blames on worldwide terrorist groups. Abroad observers state the huge bulk of events are an outcome of regional complaints.

Terrorists are the residue of the Uighur individuals, they are the typical opponents of individuals of all ethnic groups, stated a Communist celebration cadre leading among the rallies in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. We should deal with the opponent roughly and brush away the old to make a tidy sweep, we ought to raise our swords high and in no chance be lax.

State media accounts of the mass rallies provided no indicator regarding a factor for the unexpected display screen of patriotism. Images of some rallies revealed paramilitary soldiers completely body armour equipped with attack rifles participating in the event.

Fundamentally these rallies are simply a program of force, and part of the audience is the Han Chinese population in Xinjiang, to reveal the power of the state, stated Michael Clarke, a government teacher at the Australian National University and professional on Xinjiang. In terms of the Uighur population, its hard to see how these kinds of mass rallies will win the hearts and minds over typical Uighurs, and will likely do rather the opposite.

China map revealing Beijing and Urumqi.
Xis Belt and Road effort , a$900bn advancement
targeted at structure more detailed ties within Asia and beyond by building massive facilities.

In current months authorities started seizing Qurans released prior to August 2012,
stating them unlawful for including extremist material, inning accordance with a report by US-funded Radio Free Asia.

On the very same day as the mass rallies, authorities in Xinjiang revealed they had expelled a Communist celebration member for going to spiritual activities at a regional mosque. If the male was a federal government authorities or just a personal person who was likewise a celebration member, it was not clear.

Rules revealed in 2015 likewise prohibited retired authorities from going to spiritual events and prohibit them from holding and beliefs.

Additional reporting by Wang Zhen

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/03/muslim-children-forced-to-drop-religious-names-in-western-china

In the wake of Trump, a top Jewish and a top Muslim organization are banding together.

In the wake of Trump, a top Jewish and a top Muslim organization are banding together.

Donald Trump’s election has touched off a wave of uncertainty and fear across the country particularly among members of marginalized groups targeted during his campaign and those who have been singled out for harassment after his victory.

Since Trump’s election, over 200 hate crimes have been reported across the country as of Nov. 15, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The troubling trend goes back further the FBI’s latest hate crime report shows a 67% spike in hate crimes, mostly against Muslims, from 2014 to 2015.

In December 2015, Upworthy reported the story of a young Muslim-American girl who feared being deported after watching a news report about Trump, leading a group of veterans to send her messages of support. 2015 also touched off an increase in anti-Semitism, according to an Anti-Defamation League report.

President-elect Trump’s early campaign pledge to ban Muslim immigration to the United States “until we figure out what is going on” alarmed many Muslim-American leaders and citizens. The appointment of Stephen Bannon a far-right publisher whose website has traded in anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic rhetoric to the top strategy post in the White House, has only inflamed concerns.

Now, some protection might be coming in the form of a collaboration between two surprising groups: the Islamic Society of North America and the American Jewish Committee, which are banding together to form the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council (MJAC).

The council includes representatives from the worlds of business, politics, and faith, including former Sens. Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut) and Norm Coleman (R-Minnesota), businessman Farooq Kathwari, and author and “Serial” activist Rabia Chaudry.

According to a statement from the new task force, first reported in Haaretz, the group’s mission is threefold: combatting anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, celebrating the contributions of Jews and Muslims to American civic life, and pushing for expanded rights for religious and ethnic minorities.

Jewish and Muslim groups have been active on multiple fronts since the election results came in. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has rededicated itself to providing support to Muslim-Americans frightened by the outcome of the election and building bridges to other groups in a show of solidarity. Bend the Arc Jewish Action released an open letter to members of groups targeted by the president-elect during the campaign promising support.

This is not just an inspiring show of unity it’s critical right now.

Organizations like the MJAC could help make a huge difference in the coming years.

Following months of bigoted campaign rhetoric and the troubling elevation of figures like Bannon to positions of power and influence in the White House millions of Americans are suddenly wary that harassment and violence may soon become an uncomfortable fact of life.

Collaborations like this are a hopeful signal that regular citizens are willing to reach across ethnic, religious, and gender lines and take care of each other.

The election is over.

How we react to what comes next will speak volumes about who we are as a country.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/in-the-wake-of-trump-a-top-jewish-and-a-top-muslim-organization-are-banding-together?c=tpstream

6 Muslim American women share their thoughts on the election.

“How can someone tell me that this is America and I can’t be Muslim here?”

Those are the words of undergraduate student Shahrin Azim. She is a 19-year-old neuroscience student who was one of eight people interviewed as part of an eye-opening photo series profiling Muslim American women ahead of the presidential election.

For Azim, learning about others being attacked for their beliefs is “excruciatingly painful,” she said in an interview with the Turkish news site Anadolu Agency. And with hate crimes against Muslims on the rise, it’s hard to see a silver lining.

“It’s difficult to think about the things that are said to them … that their people are terrorists and that they should go back to wherever they came from.”

During this contentious election season it’s easy for these individual voices to get lost in the static of scandals, leaks, and hateful rhetoric. But their perspectives shed a light on a topic that is rarely discussed.

Here are six of those voices talking about their experiences this election season:

1. Shabih Aftab, financial analyst for the Gap Inc.’s global online marketing team

“As a hijabi woman, I am a prominent symbol of Islam and that makes people uncomfortable. Not only about me, but it makes them uncomfortable when I seek success. I try 10 times as hard for the same job than my non-Muslim counterparts work for. We need to accept that women, as it is, have unequal rights in the work place, but when you are a minority it’s that much harder. With Islamophobia on the rise, I have to make myself stronger in my faith and steadfast in my morals. I cannot and will not change who I am to make others feel at ease and believe I am worthy of that job or that promotion. This is the same piece of advice I tell my younger sister. We are women who deserve a place at the table, not because we are Muslim, but because we are strong, confident, intelligent and conscious despite what Trump supporters want us to believe. We are told our hijabs hold us back and I firmly disagree. The hijab empowers me to be the best example I can be to show people that ‘I am a force.'”

2. Sara Zayed, technology analyst on Wall Street

“It’s surreal that I’m regularly in the heart of New York during these tumultuous elections. As a Muslim woman, I’ve experienced more love than hatred this year my non-Muslim friends have reinforced their respect and value for me and my identity, and I’ve never felt more propped up by people of different communities and backgrounds. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t experience fear. When New York was bombed last month and the bomber was revealed to be a Muslim man, I was terrified to go into the city, worried I may experience backlash as a visibly identifiable Muslim woman. So although I’m experiencing wonderful support, I’m also regularly on my guard and keep a look out for potential danger. I don’t underestimate the fact that my hijab has now become a political statement. I firmly believe the best thing my Muslim sisters can do at this time is hold their heads high and continue to break barriers. That in itself is the greatest statement of strength we can offer the world.”

3. Marwa Janini, immigration caseworker and instructor at City University of New York

“Growing up amidst the climate of Islamophobic rhetoric, I have faced many challenges that come with being a visible Muslim American woman. I have often had to defend my faith against unwarranted verbal attacks and misconceptions. These experiences were compounded with the paternalistic reality that exists in many Arab immigrant communities, and I am a living embodiment of a woman breaking the mold. While these experiences have had a role in shaping my identity as a Muslim American woman, I refuse to be confined by them. I choose to focus on the positive influence I can have as a successful Muslim American woman, breaking down barriers and proving that the narrative of oppression and voicelessness is baseless and untrue.

4. Mahroh Jahangiri, executive director at Know Your IX

“To be a Muslim woman doing anti-violence work in the United States right now is to really be filled with fury. On the one hand, there is a presidential candidate who has waged a campaign to silence women hes sexually assaulted. As an advocate organizing against gender violence, I certainly welcome the ensuing outrage. It makes it harder to ignore the fact that gender violence is a very common problem. But, I find it hard not to still feel frustrated. I am frustrated that this candidate’s comments (and the other candidate’s policies) that have regularly hurt and killed so many people of color are not similarly sufficient to generate outrage. Yesterday, the bedroom of two Muslim girls at my little sister’s university had ‘terrorist’ written on it. In the weeks prior, two friends were assaulted in anti-Muslim attacks. Where is mainstream outrage over stuff like this? … This past week, my organization just published an 145-page Campus Organizing Toolkit on creating campaigns to fight violence. I am so excited to get this in the hands of young angry people. And I am so grateful to be surrounded by many angry women of color Muslim women, Native, Black, Latina women who are leading fights (against sexual assault, pipelines, against police & prisons) to end violence against people.”

5. Nagla Bedir, social studies teacher

“Although there has been a rise in hate speech and Islamophobia, I have been fortunate to work in a district filled with many supportive people. I have had to deal with dirty looks, and some negative comments from co-workers, and the overall ignorance of the majority of the people around me, but on the contrary, the majority of these ignorant people are very curious and willing to learn. I think some people hear American Muslim and think that is a contradiction. The ignorance that surrounds Muslims is very frustrating. People avoid coming near me, I get dirty looks and/or am stared at, and Ive been called a terrorist, Taliban, and a rag-head. Islamophobia has been around since before 9/11 and it has increased and decreased throughout the years. Recently, it has become an even more vitriol disease plaguing our country. From one extreme people telling me I shouldnt wear hijab or follow Islam and then on the other end being told Im too modern and dont fit the mold of what a Muslim woman is supposed to be. My family and friends have continuously pushed me to face adversities and succeed despite them. I am not afraid of failure and push myself to try to be the best at everything. What motivates me the most is my students. Their education is the number one priority in my life. So how am I successful woman despite all of these issues? The reason is them.”

6. Shahrin Azim, undergraduate student in neuroscience

“As a Muslim woman, I can’t help but think about all the young Muslims who are just starting to love their identity or recognize their roots, and how they are being bullied or beaten in school for following a faith that is so horribly misunderstood. It’s difficult to think about the things that are said to them by their peers, teachers, and even other adults who they see every day, tell them that their people are terrorists and that they should go back to wherever they came from. People say, ‘There is no room in this country for people like you! This is America!’ Yes, it is America, a country founded on the values of religious freedom. The pilgrims escaped from England to come here and practice their faith. How can someone tell me that this is America and I can’t be Muslim here. I wish that they would realize their hypocrisy. I wish that they could understand that I’m not a terrorist, nor am I associated with any of those groups. Islam is just another monotheistic religion that is very similar to Christianity and Judaism. It is not a faith that condones violence against innocent people, or oppresses women. My religion is part of who I am and I will not let anyone’s hate strip me of my faith.”

Now that the presidential election is here, these women are a powerful reminder of the many unheard voices.

It’s important to have an open and honest discussion about what life in America is like for different people. In an election season like this, empathy walking in someone elses shoes could be the most important tool we have.

Let your voice be heard and make sure to vote!

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/6-muslim-american-women-share-their-thoughts-on-the-election?c=tpstream

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Italian priest blames earthquakes on gay civil unions

Italian priest blames earthquakes on gay civil unions

Vatican rebukes Fr Giovanni Cavalcoli after he claims deadly quakes are divine punishment for the offence of civil unions

An Italian priest has angered the Vatican after claiming the earthquakes that have shaken the country killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless were divine punishment for gay civil unions.

Fr Giovanni Cavalcoli, a theologian known for his hardline views, made the comments on 30 October, the day central Italy was struck by a 6.6-magnitude quake – the most powerful to hit the country in 36 years.

It was the third major quake in the region in just over two months.

Cavalcoli told Radio Maria that the seismic shocks were divine punishment for the offence to the family and the dignity of marriage, in particular through civil unions.

Italy is one of the last western European countries to legally recognise same-sex relationships, having introduced legislation last month to allow gay civil unions.

The radio station distanced itself from Cavalcolis views and the Vatican has issued a stinging rebuke, saying the idea of a vengeful God was a pagan vision dating from the pre-Christian era.

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, number two in the Vaticans powerful secretariat of state, said Cavalcolis comments were offensive to believers and disgraceful for non-believers.

Becciu asked for forgiveness from quake victims and reminded them they had the solidarity and support of Pope Francis.

However, Cavalcoli refused to back down, insisting to another radio station that earthquakes were caused by the sins of man and telling the Vatican to read their catechism.

It is not the first time comments by members of the Italian clergy have embarrassed the Catholic church.

Last month a priest was suspended from his parish in Trento after apparently defending paedophilia during a live TV interview, arguing that children often seek affection. Fr Gino Flaim of the San Giuseppe and Pio X parish claimed he understands paedophilia but added, Im not sure about homosexuality.

When asked to explain his comments he told the La7 channel: Paedophilia is a sin, and like all sins has to be accepted also. He went on to describe homosexuality as a disease.

Following his suspension the priest said his words do not represent the positions of Trento archdiocese and the general sentiment of the parish.

In 2012 another Italian priest sparked outrage by delivering a Christmas message that claimed women were to blame for mens violence towards them because they wore filthy clothes and served cold suppers.

Fr Piero Corsi put a leaflet on his churchs noticeboard in San Terenzio, north-west Italy, asserting that 118 women killed by men in Italy that year only had themselves to blame.

Is it possible that men have turned crazy all of a sudden? We dont believe so. The point is that more and more women provoke, fall into arrogance, believe [themselves] to be independent and exacerbate tensions, the leaflet read.

Children are left outside alone, homes are dirty, meals are served cold clothing is filthy. They [women] trigger the worst instincts leading to violence and sexual abuse. They should do a self-examination and think: did we ask for it?

The priest received a torrent of abuse after a scan of the leaflet was posted online, and his Facebook account was closed.

Senior religious figures distanced the church from Corsis comments and he was forced to resign.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/05/italian-priest-blames-earthquakes-on-gay-civil-unions

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Many evangelicals support Donald Trump. It could be their downfall | Anthea Butler

Trumps moral values are largely at odds with those of evangelical Christianity. That mismatch could break apart the movements political influence

Evangelicals in the 2016 election have proven loyal to the Republican Party in spite of Donald Trumps continued … moral issues. In the latest PRRI poll, white evangelicals are the largest religious group, with 66% of them supporting Trump. This support has created fissures in the movement, with some evangelicals protesting Trump, while others such as Jerry Falwell Jr are comparing Trump to King David.

If Trump loses the election, the only unifying issues evangelicals will have left are abortion and their hatred of Hillary Clinton. Even with these, they stand to become less influential in political activity.

In the past, candidates performances of Christianity have been strong points for voters, but Trumps ascendancy with evangelicals has eviscerated that expectation. Evangelicals, like other voters, can be very pragmatic about the issues they want addressed by the leadership they support. In the 2016 election cycle, evangelicals are concerned about the supreme courts, Isis, Islam and nostalgia, as Robert Jones shows. For evangelical voters, these issues trump the candidates personal morality.

Loyalty to Trump has not only a moral but also a structural cost. It will not mean the Religious Right is finished, rather that Catholics, Mormons and other religious conservatives will be better positioned to carry its values, lessening evangelical influence. Mormons have been very opposed to Trump, and Catholic voters are evenly split between Trump and Clinton. They, not evangelicals, will be able to claim the values high ground post-election.

Trump has also proven that Republican presidential candidates do not necessarily have to pander to power brokers such as Bob Vanderplaats, head of the Family Leader in Iowa, or Tony Perkins of Family Research Council. Trump amassed his own coterie of Prosperity Gospel preachers who were not traditional evangelical leaders, such as Paula White, and as a result reached a whole other segment of the religious population more in tune with Trumps promise of returning economic prosperity and his use of the media. Even James Dobson, longtime evangelical leader of Focus on the Family, had to use White to convince his following that Trump was really a baby Christian because she had led him to Christ.

Trump has changed the ecosystem of the evangelical world, breaking the usual evangelical synergies that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio worked diligently during the 2016 presidential campaign. As a result, it will be difficult for those choosing to run in the 2020 election cycle to play the cycle of business as usual in courting the evangelical vote. Merely spouting faith-based language and talking about religious freedom did not gather evangelical votes this cycle as well as Trumps language of the decline of America, terrorism and fear of immigrants did. Whether Trump knew it or not, his strong language tapped into evangelical beliefs about the last days and Americas role in biblical prophecy.

Samantha Bee jokingly asked: Are evangelicals that ready to get the apocalypse going? by voting for Trump, but their fear of a Hillary Clinton presidency has activated their apocalyptic fervor. Trump has benefitted indirectly from a strong belief of evangelicals that the two terms of Barack Obama has led the country to the brink of destruction. Obama was bad enough in their eyes; having the Clintons back in the White House would be the end.

So while evangelicals are coming together to support Trump, internal frictions are many. Evangelical women are upset about Trump and the accusations of sexual and verbal abuse of women, and many are angered that their male counterparts have been silent about it. Evangelical women are also large consumers of evangelical media and ministries, and their support of these organizations is crucial. Should they shun both Trump and the predominately male evangelical leadership, it may have a ripple effect in these organizations fundraising abilities and their ministerial efforts.

Similarly, younger evangelicals and evangelicals of color are very opposed to Trump. Jim Wallis of Sojourners is very vocal that not all evangelicals support Trump, but only white evangelicals are being polled about their political support, not African Americans or Latinos. This brings up the biggest issue that evangelicals face with their support of Trump: that they will be seen as agreeing with Trumps alt right contingent that is not interested in religion, but rather in white nationalism and the restoration of white America. As a result, evangelicals who have claimed to be colorblind find themselves aligning with hate groups who support Trump and are also against Jews and Israel, both important to evangelicals and their beliefs.

All of these issues pose important structural and political problems for evangelicals after the 2016 election. I believe that the various coalitions under the evangelical umbrella will be in disarray. Evangelicals will fade in political and social clout on the national stage regarding religious liberty, abortion and the coveted replacement of Antonin Scalia on the US supreme court. Supporting Trump on election day may have many evangelicals gritting their teeth in the ballot box, but it is nothing compared to the aftermath if their King David loses.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/01/evangelicals-support-donald-trump-downfall

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Vatican bans Catholics from keeping ashes of loved ones at home

Cremation guidelines state remains cannot be scattered or kept at home but rather stored in a sacred, church-approved place

Catholics are forbidden from keeping the ashes of cremated loved ones at home, scattering them, dividing them between family members or turning them into mementoes, the Vatican has ruled.

Ashes must be stored in a sacred place, such as a cemetery, according to instructions disclosed at a press conference in Rome on Tuesday.

Acknowledging that an increasing number of Catholics were opting for cremation rather than burial, the churchs doctrinal and disciplinary body warned against new ideas contrary to the churchs faith.

Cardinal Gerhard Mller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reiterated that burial of the dead was preferable to cremation.

We come from the earth and we shall return to the earth, he said. The church continues to incessantly recommend that the bodies of the dead be buried either in cemeteries or in other sacred ground.

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Cardinal Gerhard Mller outlines Catholic cremation guidelines at a press conference in Rome. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

However, the increase in cremation since it was permitted in 1963 required new guidelines, he added, noting an increasing trend for domestic conservation.

Ashes must be kept in a holy place, that is a cemetery or a church or in a place that has been specifically dedicated to this purpose. The conservation of ashes in the home is not allowed, he said.

Furthermore, in order to avoid any form of pantheistic or naturalistic or nihilistic misunderstanding, the dispersion of ashes in the air, on the ground, on water or in some other way as well as the conversion of cremated ashes into commemorative objects is not allowed.

A bishop may allow ashes to be kept at home only in extraordinary cases, the instructions state.

Some people keep the ashes of loved ones in urns or special containers on display, while others prefer to scatter them in gardens of remembrance or favourite spots. Possibilities include mixing them with clay, concrete or paint to create works of art or to incorporate them into building projects, having ashes pressed into vinyl to make a musical memento, or turning them into fireworks or jewellery.

The Vatican document, Ad Resurgendum cum Christo, is dated 15 August and says Pope Francis approved it in March. The instructions were released before All Souls Day on 2 November, when the faithful remember and pray for the dead.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/25/vatican-bans-catholics-cremation-ashes-loved-ones-home

 

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