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Atheist journalist noted Pope Francis while saying that ‘those who do not repent – disappear’, though Vatican claimed that statement is not a direct quote

The pontif apparently said this in a meeting with Daily La Repubblica, an Italian daily paper.

“There is no hell where the souls of sinners suffer in eternity,” he was noted as saying.

“After death, the souls of people who repent are pardoned by God and join in his contemplation. But those who do not repent, and therefore cannot be pardoned, disappear.

“Hell does not exist, what exists is the disappearance of sinful souls.”

The pope was met by Eugenio Scalfari, a veteran Italian writer and nonbeliever who routinely muses about confidence and religion, and appreciates access to the pioneer of the Catholic church.

Previously, the veracity of statements he ascribed to the pope has been raised doubt about, particularly after the 93-year-old Scalfari admitted to never utilizing a recording device amid interviews.

The Vatican has never grumbled about Scalfari’s work, and Francis has kept offering meeting to him.

It is a piece of the convictions of Catholics everywhere throughout the world that there is a place like heck, implied for discipline of heathens after they have passed on.