Pope says hell does not exist

The Bishop of Rome, and therefore ex officio the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, Pope Francis has said unequivocally that “there is no hell”.
The pontiff, who disclosed this in a chat with Eugenio Scalfari, a veteran Italian journalist and atheist, who works with Italian Newspaper, La Repubblica said:“There is no hell where the souls of sinners suffer in eternity.”
He added: “After death, the souls of people who repent are pardoned by God and join in his contemplation. But those who do not repent, and therefore cannot be pardoned, disappear.
“Hell does not exist… what exists is the disappearance of sinful souls.”
This position contradicts the belief of the average Catholic faithful, who has been taught all the world here is a place like hell, meant for punishment of sinners after they have died.
However, in quick reaction to the Pontiff's assertion, the Catholic News Agency has said it doesn't trust the source.
Here is what it tweeted: