Vatican Denies Report That Says Pope Francis Denied Hell Exists

The Vatican has denied a report that claimed Pope Francis denied the existence of hell.

In an article published in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the newspaper’s 93-year-old founder Eugenio Scalfari asked Pope Francis where “bad souls” go, and the Pope Francis denied hell existed, notes The Guardian:

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.

However, the Vatican denied the quote via the Catholic News Agency on March 29:

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. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.

In 2014, Scalfari was rebuked by the Vatican for publishing an article that said Pope Francis had abolished sin, reports The Guardian.

(Sources: The GuardianCatholic News Agency, Republic of Korea/Flickr)

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