Religion: Catholics & Suicide

Mexican Cinemactor Jorge Negrete bowed his head over the casket to pronounce the last eulogy. "Lupe, our friend," he said, "you are being lowered into the ground of your homeland." Nobody heard him.

Twelve thousand sightseers milled across the cemetery, trampling one another and toppling tombstones as they fought for a glimpse of the bier and the handsome pallbearers.

Thus last week did riotous, rowdy Lupe Velez, dead by her own hand (TIME, Dec.25), find a resting place in Mexico City's Graveyard of Sorrows beside another recent suicide, Singer Lucha Reyes.

Because Lupe was...

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