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One step closer to cremation
By Leo Leonidou

THE INTERIOR MINISTRY has confirmed that it has been studying the possibility of drafting new regulations that will allow cremation on the island.

Cyprus is finally poised to break with tradition by allowing cremation, after an apparent yielding on former stiff opposition from the Greek Orthodox Church.
“It is not a sin, nor is it blasphemous to cremate,” Archbishop Chrysostomos said on Friday.

But he added, “our body belongs to God and we must respect it both in life and in death”, and it is understood the Church will not conduct religious rites at cremations
The proposal is understood to be at an advanced stage, though the Interior Ministry could not yesterday put a timeframe on when the proposal would be ready, adding that any plan would still need to be approved by the Council of Ministers, before being submitted to Parliament.

MEP Marios Matsakis, who tabled legislation on crematoria several years ago at the House, this week told the Mail that Cyprus was now the only EU country that did not have a crematorium.

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