VATICAN CITY — Professing belief in the resurrection of the dead and affirming that the human body is an essential part of a person's identity, the Catholic Church insists that the bodies of the deceased be treated with respect and laid to rest in a consecrated place.
While the Catholic Church continues to prefer burial in the ground, it accepts cremation as an option, but forbids the scattering of ashes and the growing practice of keeping cremated remains at home, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- Mary Morris was lured to the Chapel of the Sacred Heart inside of the national park by a small wooden road sign.
"I didn't know the chapel was here," the Hampshire, Illinois, resident told Catholic News Service in August during a visit to Wyoming's popular national park. "I just happened to see the sign and stopped in."
Morris had been camping in Yellowstone when she made the drive south to Grand Teton National Park.
She walked through the chapel door, made the sign of the cross, signed a guestbook and ducked into a pew to pray.
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- Kristen Dragoo came to Grand Teton National Park in 2002 for a college internship and never left.
Armed with a degree in natural resources and environmental management, Dragoo has worked her way up the ladder to become a park ranger, education coordinator and a lead interpreter for the park's Moose district.
Dragoo, her husband and their 2-year-old daughter live in Jackson, an ideal location for their lifestyle. The Catholic wife and mother said her family loves to hike, camp, boat, cross-country ski and watch wildlife.
LAGOS, Nigeria — Three Catholic leaders welcomed the release of some of the girls kidnapped in 2014 from a school in Chibok and urged the Nigerian government to prioritize the release of the remaining girls.