The Vatican may want to clarify or further expound upon a recent remark the Holy Father made regarding hell.
In a homily at St. Marta’s House Friday, Pope Francis said that distancing oneself from God Who gives happiness and Who loves us so much is the “fire” and the road to eternal damnation.
“Eternal damnation is not a torture chamber,” said the Pope, according to Vatican Radio. “That’s a description of this second death: it is a death. And those who will not be received in the Kingdom of God, it’s because they have not drawn close to the Lord. These are the people who journeyed along their own path, distancing themselves from the Lord and passing in front of the Lord but then choosing to walk away from Him. Eternal damnation is continually distancing oneself from God. It is the worst pain, an unsatisfied heart, a heart that was created to find God but which, out of arrogance and self-confidence, distances itself from God.”
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