Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Hell Does Not Exist - Pope Declares

Hell Does Not Exist - Pope Declares

Leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, Pope Francis has revealed that hellfire does not exist.

"But those who do not repent, and therefore can not be pardoned, disappear".

The Pope's purported comments were published Thursday in La Repubblica, the left-leaning Italian newspaper Scalfari co-founded and which the Pope has said is his favorite newspaper.

The pontiff was giving his weekly general audience in the Vatican's St Peter's Square on Wednesday, where he told the tens of thousands gathered that 'these fake Christians will end up in a bad way, ' according to The Telegraph. "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 of the Catholic Church states.

However, the Vatican has disputed the version of events offered by Mr Scalfari, 93, who apparently declined to record the conversations or take notes, preferring to rely on memory alone.

Scalfari's interview, published Thursday, quoted the pope as saying during a meeting that while the souls of repentant sinners "receive the forgiveness of God and go among the line of souls who contemplate him, the souls of those who are unrepentant, and thus can not be forgiven, disappear".

The Vatican press office says that while the pope met with La Repubblica co-founder Eugenio Scalfari, Francis did not give an interview to him, said Thomas Rosica, an English-language spokesman for the Vatican.

He added that "as reported today" by Scalfari, "the article is the result of its reconstruction, in which the exact words spoken by the Pope are not cited".

The Vatican, as well as Catholic media sources, have denied that the Pope said these words, however, and instead say that Scalfari "reconstructed" them to fit his article.

The theological belief that sinful souls simply disappear is called the Annihilation of Souls.

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