funeral rites

Church teaching about purgatory, funeral rites and the rising of the dead

A word (or two) about purgatory

What is purgatory?

The state of purgatory can be likened to that of a time of cleansing, or purification, before experiencing eternal life in heaven.

The Catholic Church teaches that purgatory is a time of purification for those who "die in God's grace and friendship."

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1030-32), "after death (the faithful) undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven."

Caring for body and soul: Funerals have effect on the living and the dead

Father Nicholas Smith has experienced many special moments: baptisms, weddings, you name it. But there's one he won't soon forget.

In June, Msgr. Joseph Pins passed away from cancer. He was the beloved rector of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis; Father Smith, director of the Office of Sacred Worship, was friends with Msgr. Pins for years and lived together at the cathedral basilica's rectory for two years.

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