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San Francisco archdiocese approves parish facility for cremated remains

December 12, 2011

San Francisco’s Archbishop George Niederauer has given his approval for a “columbarium”—a place for the storage of urns containing the cremated remains of the deceased–in a local parish church.

The columbarium in St. Dominic’s church will be available only for the remains of registered parishioners, and the archdiocese emphasized that approval was “specific to the circumstances at St. Dominic.” But cremation, once banned by the Catholic Church, has becoming increasingly popular. One major factor in the trend is the comparative price; the cost of conventional burial can be ten times as great as that of cremation.


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