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Italian-made burial pods could turn cemeteries into forests

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“For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return,” the Book of Genesis boded -- a once-natural process now interrupted by chemical embalming, shiny caskets and steel vaults.

Good Friday, a time to reflect on Jesus’ death, might also serve to remind us of his natural burial, at a time when alternatives to today’s traditional means of interment grow more necessary as available global burial space shrinks.

U.S. farmers, Francis talk at Vatican

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Leaders of U.S. farm unions stressed the importance of family farming during meetings in Rome this week, including at an audience with the pope Wednesday.

The U.S. delegations included five state presidents of the National Farmers Union, in addition to representatives of Catholic Rural Life. The union presidents came from Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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