Vatican: Cremation OK, but keep ashes off mantel
October 25, 2016 USA Today Cremation is OK for Catholics, but don’t keep those ashes on the mantel or scatter them in the ocean. And don’t put them in jewelry, either.
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued updated instructions Tuesday on rules for cremation. The church reiterated its approval of cremation, but emphasized the need to bury them — all in one place — in cemeteries or other “sacred places.”
“It is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way, nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects,” the instructions say.