NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Many in this mostly Christian nation view the practice as contrary to their faith and African culture.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (RNS) — The renowned evangelist believed he too needed the guidance and support of a local pastor — a man he chose to preside at his burial.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Tunnels stretching more than a kilometer (half-mile) in length beneath Jerusalem's main cemetery have been carefully dug over the past two years to make room for some 22,000 graves — enough space to meet the city's needs for the next decade.
HONOLULU (Reuters) Under a new law in Hawaii, the dead can now be put to rest following an ancient Hawaiian custom called "clean burial" in which only a person's bones are buried.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The workshop on ritual purification of the body was part of an 18-day Israel-American study mission on Jewish burial practices and other aspects of death and dying.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) The vote against the proposed 80-plot cemetery on an old farm site would have served a congregation of Bosnian Muslims.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) At a special service on Sunday night (March 22), Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, said the reburial of King Richard III would draw Anglicans and Catholics closer together.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) The road map includes actions to fight stigma, discrimination and misinformation and a retooling of burial practices to ensure religious communities burying their dead are using safe practices to avoid infection.
(RNS) For many of the families of the 298 victims aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the release of the bodies has come too late to complete the burial customs of their various religions.
LONDON (RNS) The scandal is just the latest among many to come to light involving the suffering of children in Ireland’s history, and it may be among the factors that have contributed to a big fall in church attendance in recent years.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In the first century B.C., a grassy hillside just north of what is now St. Peter's Square was used as a burial place for local Romans. Now the Vatican is ready to let the public see what it uncovered there.
BOSTON (RNS) Most faith leaders agree everyone deserves a dignified burial, no matter what crimes they've committed, as a matter of Christian principle. But a mix of factors is leading them to keep low profiles on the debate over how to handle the remains of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) Until recently, many Muslims buried their loved ones in Muslim sections of Christian cemeteries, relying largely on non-Muslims to guide them through the process of death. As the Muslim population has grown, so has the need for Muslim-specific services like funeral homes and cemeteries. By Tim Townsend.