Awka Bishop bans preservation of corpse above 2 months
Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, has banned the preservation of corpses above two months.
There have been recent complaints of the state of most corpse preservation facilities in the South-East, as most people dump the bodies of their loved ones in morgues, waiting to make enough money to give them what they term ‘befitting burials’.
The Catholic Bishop had years back also banned ostentatious burial ceremonies among Catholics in the diocese, which included the banning of the production of brochures, serving of food and drinks at burials, among others.
Taking a cue from the Bishop, some communities in Anambra State have also followed suit, encouraging members of their community to bury their dead ones at a very minimal cost.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who may have sensed that the moves were not yielding fruits as people still keep their loved ones in the mortuary, waiting for money to bury them, thereby over-crowding such facility, has, therefore, moved for the burial of dead people, within two months of their death.
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The Bishop, while preaching at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Agulu, was quoted as reminding the church of the law made by the Church to bury their deceased within a period of two months.
“The funeral ceremony must not exceed one day, and the corpse must not be preserved beyond two months,” the Diocese’s Media arm; Fides Media quoted the Bishop as saying.