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Pope Francis on the Madness of War: When Will Humanity Learn Its Lesson!

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The Mission of Mercy of St. John Paul

On a February night in 1931, a simple nun in Poland received a mystical vision of Jesus in a white robe with red-and-white rays radiating from his heart. Sister…

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23 Jun 2015 Articles No comments

We can all take inspiration from the saints who paved the way for Laudato Si’

hen I was 20, during the summer at the end of my second year at university, I tested a vocation to the religious life by living in a convent in Spain for a whil…

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Has the Church said anything against the enneagram?

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27 Jun 2016 Americas Asia-Pacific Europe News USA Vatican Comments (1)

‘Christians must ask God’s forgiveness for treatment of gay people,’ says Pope Francis

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08 Oct 2015 Europe News No comments

Cardinal Ruini reflects on the Magisterium's continuity

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15 Jan 2016 Middle East News Vatican Comments (1)

Cardinal Parolin urges all Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism

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30 Jun 2015 Articles Resources Comments (12)

Why does God allow so much pain and suffering in the world?

This question wells up from the heart when we observe the hurting around us, and when we feel the hurt within us. To the person who is in the midst of suffering…

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Did John Paul II write that everyone would be saved?

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Is it true that in his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope, the pope said that everybody will be saved and no one will go to hell?


Absolutely not. In fact, the pope states that one problem in the modern Church is that priests do not preach enough about hell. The pope states, “To a certain degree man does get lost; so too do preachers, catechists, teachers; and as a result, they no longer have the courage to preach the threat of hell. And perhaps even those who listen to them have stopped being afraid of hell. In fact, people of our time have become insensitive to the Last Things” (183).

Concerning the reality of hell, John Paul II says,

The problem of hell has always disturbed great thinkers in the Church, beginning with Origen and continuing in our time with Mikhail Bulgakov and Hans Urs von Baltha-sar. In point of fact, the ancient councils rejected the theory of the “finalapokatastasis,” according to which the world would be regenerated after destruction and every creature would be saved, a theory which abolished hell. But the problem remains. Can God, who has loved man so much, permit the man who rejects him to be condemned to eternal torment? And yet, the words of Christ are unequivocal. In Matthew’s Gospel he speaks clearly of those who will go to eternal punishment (cf. Mt 25:46). Who will these be? The Church has never made any pronouncement in this regard. This is a mystery, truly inscrutable, which embraces the holiness of God and the conscience of man. (185-186)



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