- The Vatican says top Italian daily journalist did not accurately quote Pope Francis
- Repubblica founder Eugenio Scalfari has misrepresented pontiff’s words, says Vatican
The Vatican has strongly rejected comments attributed to the Pope, in which he was reported to have claimed that there is no hell.
A publication by Italy's La Repubblica daily quoted Pope Francis as saying that “bad souls” are not even punished`, but disappear.
The Pope was speaking to Eugenio Scalfari, who is a journalist and founder of the daily.
"Souls are not punished," the Pope said, as quoted by Repubblica in their article.
"Those who repent obtain God's forgiveness and go among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. There is no hell - there is the disappearance of sinful souls."
However, the Vatican has denied such claims, insisting the Pope only had a private conversation with Scalfari and not an interview.
The Vatican said Catholic doctrines acknowledge the existence of hell and its eternity, adding that no quotes attributed to Pope Francis "should be considered as a faithful transcription".
Meanwhile, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the most senior Catholic in England and Wales, controversially held that there is nowhere like hell in Catholic doctrines.
According to him, "there's nowhere in Catholic teaching that actually says any one person is in hell".
Speaking in an interview with BBC, he claimed that the Pope was apparently exploring "the imagery of hell - fire and brimstone and all of that".
"That's never been part of Catholic teaching, it's been part of Catholic iconography, part of Christian iconography," he added.
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