As All Souls’ and All Saints’ Days draw near, the Vatican has recently issued new guidelines banning the scattering of ashes “in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way.” The new rules, which were approved by Pope Francis this year, also discouraged the storing of cremated remains inside homes.
According to the guidelines, which emphasize the Roman Catholic Church’s preference for burial over cremation, ashes must be preserved in cemeteries or other scared places approved by the Chuch.
German cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller told the press: ”The body is not the private property of the family. A dead person is a son of God. It is part of the body of Christ, it is part of God’s people. It’s for this reason that there is not only private rites for the deceased but it’s a public ceremony.”
He added that storing the cremation urns in places approved by the Church would decrease “the risk of shielding the dead from prayers for them and the memory of their family and the Christian community”.
Mueller then clarified that bishops may authorize exceptions to the new guidelines “in serious and exceptional” circumstances related to local practices and customs.
However, the new rules will not be applied to the relics of saints whose remains have been preserved for hundreds of years to avoid conflicts between believers.
After centuries of banning cremation, the Catholic Church started authorizing it in 1963.
What is Cremation?
An alternative to the internment of intact dead body in a casket or coffin, cremation is a funeral or post-funeral rite that involves the “combustion, vaporisation and oxidation” of dead remains to ashes, gases and mineral fragments.
While the process is usually done in a crematorium, other countries like Nepal and India practice open-air cremation.
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Heartbroken Man Slams Kitten On The Floor Repeatedly When He Was Denied A Full Refund
Animals and hot-headed people with problems in anger management do not go together – ever!
We’ve heard of stories where animals are taken for granted by heartless people, our hearts go to these poor animals who didn’t do anything wrong to deserve such fate.
It started as a sweet gesture
Just take this man from Nanjing, China, surnamed Zhang for example. On March 16, he decided to buy a cute kitten to give to his girlfriend as he asks for her hand for marriage.
Well, as sweet as it was, the girl turned him down but she accepted the kitten.
The poor kitten
After a few days, though, she gave the kitten back to Zhang because she said she didn’t know how to take care of the poor kitten. The condition of the kitten is pitiful as she has not eaten for days.
Zhang took the kitten back to the pet shop he bought it from and asked the owner if they could take the kitten back temporarily, seeing how the kitten looked like, the owner agreed.
But after a few more days, Zhang went back again and this time acted like a douche. He asked the pet shop to take care of the kitten permanently because he didn’t have time anymore.
However, aside from that, he also wanted his payment back.
After starving the kitten and confusing it big time?
What a prick.
Of course, the store will not agree with that, but when Zhang heard their answer, he just said,
“Give me the cat, I will settle it myself.”
The kitten was given to him in a pink plastic bag and he continued to walk out the store. But when he reached the outside, he suddenly slammed the plastic on the ground repeatedly!
The poor kitten was twitching in pain but he kept on slamming it on the ground a couple more times. So cruel!
By the time the store staff reached them, the cat was already dying on the floor. When they called the police, Zhang already fled the premises.
The staff lifted the kitten and couldn’t help but cry. How can somebody be that cruel? The kitten didn’t deserve that.
‘Project Malasakit’ by Kara David Donates Chairs to Students Who Were Sitting on Floors
Education is valuable. This is the reason why most parents choose to send their kids to school.
But poverty is a huge factor in making this a huge challenge, especially in the Philippines where there are more poor than rich people. Thankfully, many children still continue going to school in hopes of a better future, despite the difficult challenges they have to face.
Take for example the Mangyan children of Brgy Malo, Bansud in Mindoro Oriental who are forced to sit on the floors of their classrooms because the school doesn’t offer chairs. They do have classrooms with blackboards and other facilities, like a ceiling fan but chairs are just too expensive for them.
The children’s sad plight was discovered by journalist Kara David who was in Mindoro on a trip with her husband. The couple learned that the locals were able to build a school at the foot of the mountains, thanks to bayanihan, but were unable to buy chairs. This did not stop the kids from going to school, even if that meant sitting on the floor.
A lot of people sent donations after hearing these diligent kids’ story. Donations came from as far the US, Italy, and Canada through ‘Project Malasakit’.
Thanks to these donations, the discount they received from Uratex, and the free shipping they got from Starlite Ferries, Kara David’s Project Malasakit was able to deliver the donations to the school. It is heartwarming to see the kids now sitting on arm chairs instead of studying on the floor.
But the project didn’t just stop with the chairs. Because there was still a lot of money left over from the donations, Kara David promised to have the water system fixed so that the Mangyan community will have clean drinking water. Wow!
Policemen Bravely Risked His Life In Saving A Woman Who Jumped From A Building
A person’s survival instinct always puts himself in front of others when it comes to emergencies. Except when the person involved is a family member or your child, it is natural to put them first.
However, it is not easy to put your life on the line for someone you don’t know. But some admirable people still do, without second thoughts.
The police force is one of the few bunches of people who spend their daily lives putting their lives at risk for the safety of other people.
One policeman from China showed how serious he was in giving service to the people he serves. At around 4 am last March 4, 2018, police officer Abdusalam Abulati was doing patrol duties with his fellow policemen when they chanced upon a suicidal woman.
It was reported that the woman, whose name was not included in the reports was fighting with her husband. Not willing to take it anymore, she decided to jump from their first-floor window.
At first, she was just sitting on the edge of the window but in one split second while the policemen were on their way to go near her and talk to her, she jumped!
Without having second thoughts, the policemen anticipated what will happen and used his body as a shield to her fall.
The policeman tried to catch her by hand but the momentum and the intensity of her fall brought them both back towards the pavement.
The fall resulted in the policeman having a spinal compression fracture, while the woman was safe from any injury.
Hats off to Abulati who was dedicated to helping others, but may this serve as a lesson to the woman also. The next time that they start a fight, she might as well think twice before attempting to jump again.
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