Paradise is not a “fairy-tale place,” Pope Francis said on Wednesday, speaking about the afterlife prospects for Catholics.
“Paradise is not a fairy-tale place, nor is it an enchanted garden. Paradis is the embrace with God, infinite love, and we enter it thanks to Jesus, who died on the Cross for us,” Francis said.
Paradise is “the most beautiful place that exists” and Catholics can find redemption there for “the shortcomings and errors of an entire life,” the pontiff said in his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square.
“If we believe that, we stop being afraid of death, and we can also hope to leave this world serenely, with a lot of hope,” the 80-year-old added.