No issue with cremating COVID-19 dead: Archdiocese

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Church has no issue with cremating Catholics who succumb to COVID-19, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Colombo said yesterday.

Head of the social relations unit of the archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Jude Chrishantha told Daily Mirror the Catholic church had allowed cremation since 1960s.

“However, there is a special prayer that needs to be recited when cremating a dead body. There is also a prayer when burying ashes of a cremated body. Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has already instructed Catholics in the archdiocese to abide by the government’s instructions on COVID-19 prevention,” he said.

Recently, UNPer Oshala Herath filed a fundamental rights petition against the cremation of Catholics who succumb to COVID-19. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Citizen Tuesday, 12 May 2020 10:15 AM

    Cardinal will agree to any instructions of Rajapakse regime.

    Udugama Tuesday, 12 May 2020 10:20 AM

    All South Asians Were Cremated Before Islam and Christianity Moved In From Outside.

    Dr.Siri Tuesday, 12 May 2020 10:32 AM

    The Bible does not say so.

    M.C. Jayawardena Tuesday, 12 May 2020 10:47 AM

    It is sad to hear about UNPer Oshala Herath, heard for the first time. Are these the people who wants to be our "Future Legislators". God Save Sri Lanka. How were thousands of those dead bodies were at the start disposed by the Italian Army without no rites at all. Country where Holy Pope lives. Be practical man and listen to Cardinal.

    Amal Fernando Tuesday, 12 May 2020 10:48 AM

    Cardinal is a henchman of this government. Nothing to be surprised.

    Saman Tuesday, 12 May 2020 10:55 AM

    Cremation... the way to 'go'! Endorsed by Catholic Archdiocese, Colombo!

    Foxtrot Tuesday, 12 May 2020 11:13 AM

    So be it. What are you trying to prove?

    Thiago De Silva - Chilaw Tuesday, 12 May 2020 11:16 AM

    Oh is that right? Playing to the racist elements! What a shame

    karu Tuesday, 12 May 2020 11:21 AM

    If the church has no issues better to keep quiet. Nobody asked their opinion.

    DICKIE BIRD Tuesday, 12 May 2020 12:14 PM

    Absolutely right. The Almighty only see the merits accumilated by the decease during his life on earth. Almighty is not concerned whether the deceased was washed and cleaned burial to burial or cremation. Prayers for the deceased is only a mitigation factor. In a time of Pandemic why are people creating much adore over nothing? If the GOSL of the view all deceased from Corona need to be cremated, it is for a reason and people irrespective of any religious or ethnic back ground must adhere. NO ONE SHOULD HAVE AN ISSUE.

    Nish Tuesday, 12 May 2020 12:25 PM

    Our cardinal is one of the best religious leaders in the whole world.

    NIghtwatch Tuesday, 12 May 2020 01:52 PM

    UNPer?? that's a nice way for a media house like DM to use in its news articles. Can we expect to see SLFRer, SLPPer, TNAer and JVPer in the news article as well.

    Christian Tuesday, 12 May 2020 02:18 PM

    Jesus asked them to believe in one God Do they no They believe in 3 in 1 god. Does creamation matter to these hypocrites

    RonnieBugger Tuesday, 12 May 2020 02:53 PM

    Who is this Oshala Herath charcter, for God's sake ? If the Catholic church says no problem to cremate a dead Catholic/Christian, so what. Please dig this man's roots and see if there is a Muslim connection.

    Samarasinghe Wednesday, 13 May 2020 08:48 AM

    When the whole nation has to stand as one and all faiths have had to accomodate the urgent needs of the health guidelines given at that time . All faiths were affected and no sooner we are able to get back to normalcy the state will revert back to the original position.


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