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Pope Francis reportedly says there is “no hell” and sinners that do not make heaven simply “disappear”

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Pope Francis on Wednesday reportedly said there is “no hell” and sinners that do not make heaven simply “disappear.” The remarks came in an interview with the Pope’s atheist friend Eugenio Scalfari founder of a liberal Italian newspaper. The remarks were refuted by the Vatican.

Scalafari asked the Pontiff where lost souls go for eternity.

“They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him,” Francis said in response, “but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms “the existence of hell and its eternity.”

“Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire,’” the Catechism states. “The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs.”

The Vatican released the following statement on Pope Francis remarks.

“The Holy Father Francis recently received the founder of the newspaper La Repubblica in a private meeting on the occasion of Easter, without however giving him any interviews,” the Vatican said. “What is reported by the author in today’s article is the result of his reconstruction, in which the textual words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”

If hell does not exist what is the point of good Friday? What is the point of Jesus dying for our sins? The Pope if he really said this is off his rocker. The Catholic church seems to go from one controversy to another. Maybe the Pope should just concentrate on quoting the Bible.

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