Have you ever been told you’re going to hell? According to an interview with the man believed to be the closest to the Christian God, ‘hell does not exist’.
The front page of newspaper La Repubblica reports that Catholic Pope Francis told journalist, Eugenio Scalfari that those who sin are “not punished,” and “a hell doesn’t exist.”
“(Sinners) are not punished,” Francis was quoted as saying.
“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.”
Unfortunately for the journalist, there no recording of and he did not take notes during the interview.
The Vatican has rushed to clarify that they do not outright deny what the Pope said, however, claim that the journalist merely reconstructed their conversation and what was published were not the Pope’s “literal words”.
“No quotation of the article should be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father,” a Vatican statement read.