Can a soul be delivered from hell through our prayers?

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Can a soul be delivered from hell through our prayers?


Like heaven, hell is an eternal state, so prayers cannot help the souls there. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, “eternal fire.” The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs. (CCC 1035)

Since souls in heaven also have no need for our prayers, only those in purgatory are helped by prayers for the dead.


So, No. A soul cannot be delivered from hell through our prayers

This article was first published on Nov 15, 2014.

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  1. The Apostles Creed say that He (Jesus) will come again to judge the living and the dead. my understanding of this is no one who died neither went to hell or to heaven. does this mean they are all in purgatory or simply in a state of “sleep” as Jesus said to the grieving family of Lazarus?

  2. A little kid ask if he’s told to go to h…(he pointed down) he could tell them to go to heaven. I told him that it sounds good but not all are as smart as him. So they may things that h and heaven are one in the same. And to ask Father.

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