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In a report on December 31, Pope Francis announced that he has not abolished sin.
According to Reuters, this claim happened when Eugenio Scalfari, an Italian intellectual who writes for the leftist La Repubblica newspaper, published an article saying that Francis believed that sin no longer existed because God’s mercy and forgiveness are “eternal."
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi quickly clarified the statement, making it known that Scalfari was mistaken. The claim that the Pope had abolished sin was completely wrong. According to The New York Times, The Pope frequently discusses human beings and their condition as sinners, but the statements by La Repubblica were inaccurate.
Scalfari’s reliability has been previously questioned by the Vatican. Scalfari said that he failed to use a tape recorder in his recent conversation with the Pope and that his words in the article were based on memory. Since Scalfari founded La Repubblica in 1976, he has frequently held private conversations with the Pope.
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