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Viewpoint: Catholic funeral rites are corporal and spiritual works of mercy

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In recent years, the church leaders have wisely expressed deep concern over the growing lack of respect surrounding funerals and the proper care for the earthly remains of the faithful departed.

Our religion has always been countercultural and will remain so. At the core of Roman Catholic practices surrounding the departed is the reality that prayer for the dead is a spiritual work of mercy and burying the dead is a corporal work of mercy.

It’s good to remember that the glory of Christ’s resurrection was first revealed to those on a mission of mercy to the tomb to wash and anoint Jesus’ body in accordance with Jewish burial customs. Read more »

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Can’t find an ancestor’s grave? Catholic Cemeteries launches an app to lead you to final resting places

May 15th, 2014 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags: ,

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WILMINGTON — So, you’ve finally decided to knock that genealogy project off the to-do list, and one of your first stops is Cathedral Cemetery off Lancaster Pike in Wilmington, where two generations of your family are buried.

You’ve packed a notebook and pen, charged the laptop and have plenty of room on your cell phone for photographs. But it’s been a while since you’ve visited the cemetery, the office is closed for the weekend and you have to find the graves on your own. Instead of a nice start on the family tree, you spent 90 percent of your time walking up and down rows of headstones looking for a grandfather or aunt.

Well, thanks to Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Wilmington, those days are in the past. The organization has launched an app for smartphones and tablet computers that makes it easy not only to find a grave, but also to create a digital memorial for the deceased. It is another way to help the people served by Catholic Cemeteries, which operates Cathedral, All Saints and Gate of Heaven in Sussex County. Read more »

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