Vatican says Catholics can't keep loved one's ashes at home or scattered about

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If you are Roman Catholic and have been considering having your or a loved one's ashes placed in a locket, planted with a tree, shot up in a firework, or simply displayed on a shelf in the home, you may want to reconsider.

The Vatican recently announced the only appropriate place for such remains is somewhere "holy."

That includes cemeteries and other locales with the distinction of being sacred.

Also noted is that burial is preferable to cremation, but when the latter is chosen appropriate actions must be taken to ensure, "...every appearance of pantheism, naturalism or nihilism be avoided."

The BBC reports that the Vatican approved cremations in 1963, but the Roman Catholic Church has always upheld that the practice can in no way compromise the faithful's belief in resurrection.

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In this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 photo, Pope Francis visits a homeless shelter set up by the Vatican near St. Peter's Square. The Vatican said Friday Oct. 16, 2015 that Francis spent about 20 minutes with the men and the volunteers who run the shelter, greeting each one and getting a tour of the dormitory and other rooms of the facility. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool via AP) @Servizio Fotografico - L'Osservatore Romano
A view of the Vatican's homeless shelter, inaugurated last Oct. 7, 2015 near St. Peter's Square. It can host up to 34 men a night and is operated by Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity religious order. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)
A view of the Vatican's homeless shelter, inaugurated last Oct. 7, 2015 near St. Peter's Square. It can host up to 34 men a night and is operated by Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity religious order. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)
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