On Thursday the Vatican had shocked everyone by saying that Pope Francis rejects the presence of hell in an interview. The interview is taken by the well-known Italian journalist.
This big controversy initiated when a 93-year-old journalist Eugenio Scalfari published a shocking report. The report in which he asked Francis where “bad souls” end up going. As per the old journalist Francis’ reply, that those who repent could be forgiven but those who do not, “disappear.”
The journalist is also a founder of La Repubblica newspaper,
The article, which published on March 29, described that Francis said, “hell does not exist.”
Francis is quoted as saying “They are not punished, those who repent obtaining the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot, therefore, be forgiven disappear.” There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”
Scalfari has “misrepresented” the pope in the past
Though the journalist is a non-believer of god, so does not normally use tape recorders during interviews. As per the Vatican, a story is the result of the reporter’s “reconstruction.”
The Vatican said in the statement that“What is reported by the author in today’s article is the result of his reconstruction, in which the literal words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted,”.
He said that “No quotation of the aforementioned article must, therefore, be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”
The Catholic News Agency said that Scalfari has totally “misrepresented” the pope in the past. Moreover, Scalfari “also falsely reported that Pope Francis had made comments denying the existence of hell in 2015.”
Presence of hell
As per the Catholic Church teachings, there is a hell and it is at infinity.
It means that just after the death of an individual, the soul who are in a state of mortal sin incline into hell. Here they suffer from the punishments of hell which is ‘eternal fire.’
Also, the chief punishment of hell leads to everlasting parting from God.”
In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI said hell “really exists and it eternal, even if nobody talks about it much anymore.”
In 1999 Pope John Paul II stated that Heaven was “neither an abstraction nor a physical place in the clouds, but that fullness of communion with God which is the goal of human life.”
Hell, is totally opposite. It was “the ultimate consequence of sin itself … Rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy.”
Pope is suffering from cataract
The pope also disclosed on Holy Thursday that he is suffering from cataract. He will have surgery probably in next year.
Francis also reveals another information that washing the feet of 12 prisoners at a Rome prison is one of the ritual. It is performed on a Holy Thursday.
The Francis visits the prison in order to enhance the spirits of the enslaved. He told the prisoners that they should clear their eyes. This will allow them to clearly see the world and spread hope.
He also said “At my age, for example, cataracts come and you don’t see reality well,” Francis, 81.
Francis insisted the prisoners for doing a regular cleansing of their own in order to sustain their faith. He added – a “cataract surgery for the soul.”