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The Profession of Faith


and helping our weakness by their fraternal concern”

(Paul VI,


§ 29).


Those who die in God’s grace and friendship imper-

fectly purified, although they are assured of their eter-

nal salvation, undergo a purification after death, so as

to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of



By virtue of the “communion of saints,” the Church

commends the dead to God’s mercy and offers her

prayers, especially the holy sacrifice of the Eucharist,

on their behalf.


Following the example of Christ, the Church warns the

faithful of the “sad and lamentable reality of eternal

death” (


69), also called “hell.”


Hell’s principal punishment consists of eternal sepa-

ration from God in whom alone man can have the life

and happiness for which he was created and for which

he longs.


The Church prays that no one should be lost: “Lord,

let me never be parted from you.” If it is true that no

one can save himself, it is also true that God “desires

all men to be saved” (

1 Tim

2:4), and that for him “all

things are possible” (




“The holy Roman Church firmly believes and con-

fesses that on the Day of Judgment all men will appear

in their own bodies before Christ’s tribunal to render

an account of their own deeds” (Council of Lyons II

[1274]: DS 859; cf. DS 1549).


At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in

its fullness. Then the just will reign with Christ for

ever, glorified in body and soul, and the material

universe itself will be transformed. God will then be

“all in all” (

1 Cor

15:28), in eternal life.