The Pope has said that there is no Hell and that the souls of the damned are simply annihilated. The Vatican denies that he said it:
.- On Thursday the Holy See stated that a reported interview between Pope Francis and an Italian journalist, which claims the Pope denied the existence of hell, should not be considered an accurate depiction of Francis’ words, but the author’s own “reconstruction.”
A recent meeting between Pope Francis and Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, 93, was a “private meeting for the occasion of Easter, however without giving him any interview,” the March 29 communique stated.
“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.”
Scalfari, a self-proclaimed atheist, is the founder and former editor of Italian leftist newspaper La Repubblica. In an article published on the site March 29, Scalfari claims that Pope Francis told him, “hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of the souls of sinners exists.”
Go here to read the rest. Who to believe? Well Patrick Henry once noted that “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.”
The same thing was reported by the same elderly Italian atheist journalist three years ago. Go here to read about it. The Vatican has often claimed this same journalist routinely misquotes the Pope in his reports of the interviews he has with the Pope. Riddle me this: If the Pope is misquoted, why does he keep coming back for additional interviews? This entire Pontificate has been five years of Lent for faithful Catholics.