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Marry young bury quick

KOCHI (UCAN): An elaborate set of guidelines issued by Bishop Remigiose Inchananiyil, from the Syro Malabar Church tradition in India, has caused controversy over a section that says men should marry before the age of 25 and women before 23.

It also says that extravagant marriage ceremonies should be avoided and bans bridesmaids and flower girls.

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Guidelines on cremation off kilter in Asia

TAIPEI (UCAN): New guidelines published by the Vatican on October 25 concerning the resting places of the dead are causing some unease and even dilemmas in and around Asia, as the guidelines, To Rise with Christ (Ad resurgendum cum Christo), advocate that the deceased should be treated with respect and laid to rest in consecrated ground.

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Trouble burying bishops

WUZHOU (UCAN): Bishop Benedict Cai Xiufeng died on 20 August 2007, which this year coincided with the end of what is known in China as Ghost Month, a time when tradition has it that ghosts and wild spirits revisit the earth.

However, the ghost of the late bishop of Wuzhou in Guangxi province still haunts his diocese for a different reason, as the people have never had the chance to give a proper burial and farewell to the much loved bishop.

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