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#1 » Posted by Key7 from Osogbo » March 30th, 2018, 5:31 am

It is a century old doctrine in Christendom and Catholics of an eternal torment station called hell. Does this hell exist? Pope Francis says No In a new interview yesterday. This has caused many online uproar among Christendom and that could change Catholic Church forever. This is based on a report on Yahoo News online. It says:

Catholic Pope Francis made a startling revelation Thursday by stating that hell did not exist, in an interview with a leading liberal Italian newspaper.
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In an article entitled "It is an honor to be called a revolutionary," La Repubblica editor Eugenio Scalfari acknowledged the pontiff's previous remarks about how "good souls" who sought repentance from God would receive it and then asked: "What about the bad souls?". Seemingly going against centuries of core Christian belief, Pope Francis said the souls of sinners simply vanished after death, and were not subject to an eternity of punishment.

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"They are not punished, those who repent obtain 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," Pope Francis said, as translated by Catholic blog Rorate Caeli.

"There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls," he added.

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Pope Francis leads the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday during which sacred oils are blessed at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, March 29, 2018. That same day, Italian newspaper La Repubblica revealed that the pontiff believed that hell did not exist. Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Shortly after the article was published, the Vatican issued a statement that claimed the article was "not a faithful transcript" and that the meeting between Pope Francis and Scalfari was a private meeting and not a formal interview.

"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," the Vatican said in a statement translated by the Catholic News Agency.

The Catholic New Agency also pointed out that, after a controversial 2013 article, Scalfari admitted that some words attributed to the pontiff "were not shared by Pope Francis" himself.

Pope Francis is the 266th Catholic pope and the first to be born outside of Europe. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires to an Italian family that fled the fascist rule of Benito Mussolini, he entered the Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits, at the age of 21.

Since becoming pope following the resignation of his predecessor in 2013, Pope Francis has been known a vocal supporter of reform for the Catholic Church and advocate for the poor. He has pushed for greater outreach to the young and other faiths as well as more liberal attitudes toward controversial topics such as contraception, evolution and homosexuality.

These ideals have often drawn the ire of the Catholic Church's more conservative clergy, some of whom have pushed back against Pope Francis' leadership.

Based on https://www.yahoo.com/news/does-hell-ex ... 54139.html

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#2 » Posted by Frodo » March 30th, 2018, 5:48 am

Is the pope trying to become one of Jehovah's witness? :excited:

#3 » Posted by GetOnlineDigital from Texas » March 30th, 2018, 6:45 am

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#4 » Posted by Drealup from Uyo » March 30th, 2018, 9:42 am

That strengthens my stand that Catholics aren't Christians at all. The Romans worshipped gods so Roman Catholics worships something similar
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#5 » Posted by eMade (f) from Abuja » March 30th, 2018, 10:13 am

The comments I see in those pictured shows how worried people are. And first time I see people a lot saying the Bible has the final say. But do they act what the Bible says? :thnk:
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#6 » Posted by Champion » March 30th, 2018, 10:16 am

Key7 wrote:Since becoming pope following the resignation of his predecessor in 2013, Pope Francis has been known a vocal supporter of reform for the Catholic Church

Hmmm... Well, this guy is a Change agent! Which means more to come. :shkd: :lol;

#7 » Posted by Horsfall George from Port-Harcourt » March 30th, 2018, 2:32 pm

Change is constant. Maybe he has come to change things.
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#8 » Posted by Mokwe » March 30th, 2018, 9:17 pm

Why people mostly like to believe and comment on what they like to hearts and not what is said. There is no way the Holy Father can make such a statement. But people have rights to believe what ever they like to believe but the truth remains sacrosanct. Thank God the Vatican had cleared the air.

#9 » Posted by Xplicit » March 30th, 2018, 10:02 pm

I am surprised that many people online keep saying that since there is no hell, then there is no God. That's not true.

In fact, if you serve God just because of fear of eternal condemnation, your worship is not the type God will accept. We need to serve God out of genuine love for him and also wholesome fear for him. Fear of a figurative hell will not make your worship acceptable because it will not be wholehearted and genuine. God wants obedience born out of genuine and pure motive and love not because of fear of punishment.

So, if a fiery hell does not exist, its evidence of the existence of a loving God, Jehovah!

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#10 » Posted by Key7 from Osogbo » March 30th, 2018, 10:06 pm

Mokwe wrote:Thank God the Vatican had cleared the air.

The Vaticans cleared which air? I see the attempt on Wahington Post. But I bet you, its medicine after death. See the comments that followed the 'Clearing of Air.' https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act ... not-exist/
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#11 » Posted by J0E (m) from Texas » March 30th, 2018, 11:10 pm

:thnk: :thnk:
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#12 » Posted by GetOnlineDigital from Texas » April 2nd, 2018, 4:05 pm

:thnk: Still following.
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