Pope Francis declares "There is no hell" - Vatican does not agree

ProTip - There is not even heaven: Pope Francis declares "There is no hell" and the Vatican goes into a panic, denies the affirmation and reassures the faithful that sinners will burn for eternity.

Speaking with the respected journalist Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of one of the leading Italian newspapers, La Repubblica, Pope Francis explained that there is no hell and that sinners will not be punished for eternity.

At one point in the interview, Scalfari asked the Pope:

Holiness, in our previous meeting you told me that our species will disappear at a certain moment and that God, still outside its creative force, will create new species. You never spoke to me of the souls who died in sin and you will go to hell to suffer for eternity. Yet you told me about good souls, admitted to the contemplation of God. But what about bad souls? Where are they punished?

Pope Francis replied:

They are not punished, those who repent get God's forgiveness and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and can not therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.

In an attempt to control the damage, the Vatican immediately issued a statement that attacks Scalfari's report on the observations made by Pope Francis concerning hell, declaring:

The Holy Father Francis recently received the founder of the newspaper La Repubblica in a private meeting on the occasion of Easter, without however providing him with any interviews. What reported by the author in today's article [in the Republic] is the result of his reconstruction, in which the textual words pronounced by the Pope are not mentioned. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.
For the record, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

The teaching of the 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 main punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in which only man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he ardently desires.

Conclusion: after Pope Francis declared "There is no hell", the Vatican has entered into a panic and has issued a correction, reassuring the faithful that sinners will burn for eternity in hell. Why, after all, what is the point of being Catholic or Christian if you can not enjoy the thought of other people who suffer for eternity?

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