Today, Pope Benedict XVI denied that purgatory, the antechamber of paradise according to the Catholic religion, is a physical space and explained that it is rather an “inner fire” that purifies the soul.
During his weekly catechesis, the Pontiff referred about the Italian Saint Catherine of Genoa famous because of her knowledge about the purgatory.
“Purgatory is not an element of the bowels of the Earth, there is not an outside fire, it is an inside fire. It is the fire that purifies the souls on the road to full union with God,” Pope said.
He also added that God is so pure and holy for our soul that the stain of sin in it makes it difficult to come into the Divine Majesty presence. “The soul is conscious of the immense love and the perfect justice of God, as a result it suffers for not having a proper rest to approach to such love, this is the reason why God turns himself into a flame of love and his love purifies the cinder of sin.”