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Did Pope Francis deny existence of hell?

The Looks of hell!

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Vatican communications department has been working overtime the past few weeks. They are scrambling to contextualize a remark attributed to Pope Francis by an Italian journalist at the newspaper La Repubblica that hell does not exist.

Speaking to the newspaper’s founder, journalist and atheist Eugenio Scalfari, Francis was quoted as saying of those who die in a state of mortal sin: “They are not punished.

Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and take their place among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear.

A hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of sinning souls exists.” If the Pope indeed said those words, the consequences would be catastrophic for the Catholic Church, which — according to its own catechism — “affirms the teaching of hell and its eternity,” including “eternal fire,” although it stresses that the “The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God.”

The Vatican immediately critiqued Scalfari’s account, saying the quotes in the article were not “a faithful transcription of the Holy Father’s words.” Scalfari is a longtime friend and intellectual sparring partner of Pope Francis.


  1. Hey, I’m a person whose psychological problem got worse ‘coz of this ‘eternal’ hell preaching. What is the final verdict on this? I don’t wish for my name to be published, please.

    • Deepti, my brother, you don’t need the Pope or any other religious official to confirm that Hell is made up. The whole premise is absurd and transparently self-serving.
      Live your the natural world around you..don’t waste the one spin you’ve got consumed with dogma and fairy tales.

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