Coronavirus effect: Catholic Church to open its first crematorium in Kerala

    10-Feb-2021
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Coronavirus pandemic has affected religious practices across the world. The Catholic Church in Kerala has decided to open its first crematorium in Thrissur District after experiencing the shortage of land for the burial of Coronavirus victims.
 
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Archdiocese Pastoral Council Secretary, Mary Regina confirmed that Thrissur will become the site for the first gas-based crematorium of the Catholic Church. Mary said that cremation will become an acceptable form of funeral among Catholic Church members in Kerala.
 
On cremation, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said, “Although cremation is now permitted by the Church, it does not enjoy the same value as burial of the body. The Church clearly prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites since the presence of the human body better expresses the values which the Church affirms in those rites.”
 
In the wake of a pandemic, several Governments across the world have decided to cremate the dead bodies of Coronavirus victims. Initially, several religious leaders opposed the cremation saying it is against their beliefs. However, later some of them accepted the procedure after experiencing a shortage of land for burial.