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- Pope Francis has said that souls of sinners will disappear in the after life instead of going to hell 

- He said that there is nothing like hell fire, adding that what exists is the disappearance of the souls of sinners.

Pope Francis has once again thrown a 'bombshell' by saying that the soul of sinners will rather disappear instead of going to hell.  He deviated from the general belief that hell is real, when he stated that the souls of sinners will disappear in the after life instead of going to hell. During a conversation with a 93-year-old atheist philosopher, Eugenio Scalfari, the 266th and current pope of the Catholic church said that hell doesn't exist, adding that the disappearance of the souls of sinners is what exists, The Times reported. 

Scalfari, who is the founder of one of Italy's leading newspapers, La Repubblica, said he reconstructed the conversation from memory, without taking notes or using a recorder. The pope said: “They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and go among the ranks of the souls who contemplate him. But those who do not repent, and therefore cannot be forgiven, disappear.” During the five years of his pontificate, Francis has laid emphasis on the mercy of God rather than the severity of his judgment. 

According to traditional church teaching, those who die as sinners face eternal punishment by unquenchable fire in hell. Speaking at St Peter’s Square in 2017, the pope said that judgment was not to be feared because “at the end of our history there is the merciful Jesus”. He had on another occasion described heaven as a place where the just go to be rewarded, and as “an immense tent, where God will welcome all mankind”.

Meanwhile, there was serious panic in Nigeria over reports that Pope Francis was considering shutting down a total of 163 parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara in Imo state, following the alleged refusal of some priests to accept the appointment of Peter Okpaleke as bishop. 

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