Church for­bids ser­vices for the cre­mated

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The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has told its priests not to hold fu­neral or memo­rial ser­vices for peo­ple who have cho­sen to be cre­mated after their death.

“The in­cin­er­a­tion of the body is not in keep­ing with the prac­tice and tra­di­tion of the Church for the­o­log­i­cal, canon­i­cal and an­thro­po­log­i­cal rea­sons,” the Synod said. Greece has no cre­ma­tion fa­cil­i­ties though the prac­tice has been le­gal since 2006. The Church has ob­jected to the cre­ation of cre­ma­to­ria at parish ceme­ter­ies in a set­back to ef­forts in Athens and Thes­sa­loniki to fa­cil­i­tate the prac­tice.

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