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Old Apr 9, '05, 5:35 pm
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Default Pope's beautiful and humble wooden coffin!

Did any one else notice the great contrast between the Pope's beautiful yet humble coffin against the back drop grandeur of St. Peter's Basillica?

There are three coffins encased within each other: a wooden coffin will be placed in a zinc coffin which will be placed into a wooden casket.

Do the Pope's always use wooden coffins or is this just a last request of Pope John Paul II?

I know now what kind of casket I want to be buried!
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Old Apr 9, '05, 5:47 pm
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I thought it was absolutely wonderful. I have always found it slightly comical that people require $10,000+ coffins when they are dead. This just shows how humble the Pope was. I think it is quite fitting. Plus, I tend to believe that there is value in simplicity (though I don't always practice this... ).

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Old Apr 9, '05, 5:54 pm
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The New Melleray Monastery sells plain wooden coffins!

http://www.newmelleray.org/

You can purchase in well in advance of your need!
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Old Apr 9, '05, 6:13 pm
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Where did the Vatican get the Pope's wooden coffin? I have not see that shape or design in wooden coffin sites on the internet.
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Old Apr 9, '05, 6:19 pm
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I don't know where the Pope's cypress coffin came from but if you are looking for such a thing a you may want to check out sites catering to Jewish folks. I believe they are traditionally buried this way.
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Old Apr 9, '05, 6:27 pm
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Default Re: Pope's beautiful and humble wooden coffin!

My mom wants to be buried in a pine casket that is made by the Trappist Monks.
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Old Apr 9, '05, 6:28 pm
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My mom wants to be buried in a pine casket that is made by the Trappist Monks.
I love that idea but is it legal in all states to do that? I thought they had to be sealable even with the vault.
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Old Apr 10, '05, 11:45 am
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I love that idea but is it legal in all states to do that? I thought they had to be sealable even with the vault.
That's a good question. I know that funeral directors are now required by law to inform you if a casket is a nonsealer.

Here's another order which makes wood coffins:

http://www.monasterycaskets.com/


I heard somebody say that the simple kind of casket used by this pope was yet another humble sign instituted by Pope Paul VI.
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Old Apr 10, '05, 11:55 am
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Here's a good idea from this Catholic Answers Forums:

http://forums.catholic.com/showthrea...hlight=coffins
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Old Apr 10, '05, 12:16 pm
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I love that idea but is it legal in all states to do that? I thought they had to be sealable even with the vault.
I found a website of the Federal Trade Commission regarding caskets and coffins:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcam...als/index.html

also, on another website, it was stated that there are no requirements by any state for the construction of coffins, except that a judge had once made a ruling "to prevent contamination of the environment."
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Old Apr 10, '05, 12:33 pm
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I have an aunt who was a Nun OSB.. She died about 10 years ago. She was buried in a pine box coffin. The most beautiful thing I have ever seen, the funeral was the most holy thing I have ever been to. The music and Scriptures were all chosen by her before she died. INSPIRING to say the least.

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Old Apr 10, '05, 2:20 pm
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Our beloved Bishop Stanley J. Ott was buried in a simple pine casket built by the monks at St. Joseph Abbey (Benedictine) at St. Benedict, LA.
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Old Apr 10, '05, 2:54 pm
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The L.A. Times did a story on the Pope's coffins last Sunday that covers the official protocol for burying a Pope. The article said the Pope is encased in 3 coffins and placed inside a marble sarcophagus (a large stone coffin).

1. Cedar (inner coffin), representing his humanity. That was the simple wooden coffin we saw at the memorial.

2. Lead - the cedar coffin is sealed in an 800-pound lead liner bearing a skull and crossbones and a bronze plaque with his name and significant dates in his life. (so this is where the sealing comes in for those asking about it).

3. Elm/oak: The outer coffin is of elm or oak, to signify dignity. The coffin also has a bronze plaque with his name and significant dates.

4. Marble sarcophagus - All 3 coffins are placed inside the large marble sarcophagus (tomb) for entombment in the grotto of the Vatican where 147 popes also rest.

edited to add: I typed the main points from the article. The L.A. Times had a whole separate section about the Pope last Sunday, so I don't know how to link it.
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I was stunned, yet not surprised... He was never a person of show.. he liked the humility of the moment and perfered that to all the show in the world. It was simple, yet beautiful. I am sure it was his request, just like he wanted to be in the ground as opposed to a mausoleum (sp)
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The popes coffin was beautiful, with the single candle, and the crosses, it was a truely beautiful service.
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