At the beginning of the audience, the Pope's security guard picked a boy with Down syndrome out of the crowd and gave him a seat on the back of the Papa car. (28th March)

Hell has no rage like a misquoted Pope – especially when it comes to, well, hell.

Three days before Easter, the Vatican attempted to quell a firestorm via a comment attributed to Pope Francis that hell "does not exist", which would mean a historic break with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Vatican on Thursday rebuked the well-known Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, 93, founder of Italy La ​​Repubblica Newspaper

When asked where "evil souls" land, it is stated in the Thursday's article La ​​Repubblica that those who regret may be forgiven, but those who do not repent, simply "disappear".

And then came the four words that were heard around the world: "Hell does not exist," the article quotes the Pope. "The disappearance of sinful souls exists."

The Vatican issued an explanation after the comments spread like wildfire in the social media, saying that the Pope never granted the interview and that the story was "the result of the (reporter's) reconstruction" faithful reproduction of the words of the Holy Father "

Scalfari, an atheist, is known for not using tape recorders or taking notes in interviews.

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The Pope had another revelation on Maundy Thursday: he suffers from cataracts and will be operated on next year

Francis announced the information after he Having washed the feet of 12 prisoners in a Roman jail, a Maundy Thursday ritual

Francis the Ses sent his prison visits to strengthen the spirits of the detainees, telling the inmates to clear their eyes so they could see and spread the hope can.

"At my age, for example, cataracts are coming and you do not see the reality well," Francis, 81, said.

He called on the inmates to do their own daily cleanings to strengthen their faith – a "cataract operation for the soul".

Post: The Associated Press

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