Pope tells crying child that his atheist dad could be in heaven

“He was a good man … he had a good heart” … “God surely was proud of your father” said the pope to the tearful little boy. Was the boy’s father a good man as the pope claimed? According to Romans 3:10:  “None is righteous, no, not one.” What does the Bible teach on salvation? “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 So, are there any atheists in heaven? The scriptures clearly teach that people are saved by faith alone in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the final judgment those who reject Christ are separated from God for all eternity … and sent to the lake of fire.

Now to Kathleen N. Hattrup’s report over at Aleteia:

Pope Francis on Sunday visited a parish community among the “peripheries” of Rome. As is customary in his visits to Roman parishes, Pope Francis took the opportunity to meet with parishioners of St Paul of the Cross before celebrating Sunday Mass for the community.

Ahead of the liturgy, a particularly touching moment occurred as the Holy Father met with young children in catechism courses.

One boy, overcome with emotion, was unable to voice his question, so Francis called him to over to whisper it in his ear.

Here is a translation of the transcription:

Emanuele: I can’t do it!

Pope Francis: Come, come to me, Emanuele! Come to me and whisper it in my ear. Whisper it in my ear. Come, come, come to me.

[Emanuele goes to Pope Francis and whispers his question in his ear]   View article →

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