Does Hell Exist? Pope Francis Says No In New Interview That Could Change Catholic Church Forever
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.
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