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Does Hell Exist? And Did the Pope Give an Answer?

Does Hell Exist? And Did the Pope Give an Answer? Photo Pope Francis has had several chats with a left-wing Italian journalist who considers himself an atheist and occasionally puts words in the pope’s mouth. Credit Max Rossi/Reuters ROME — The Vatican felt obliged this week to reaffirm that Pope Francis believes in a central tenet of Catholicism, that there is a hell.
That odd declaration came after the newspaper La Repubblica published a front-page article on Thursday by an atheist, left-wing and anticlerical giant of Italian journalism, who reported that during a recent meeting the pope had said hell did not exist.
Bad souls are “not punished,” the journalist, Eugenio Scalfari, 93, reported the pope as saying. “A hell doesn’t exist.”
Nor, for Mr. Scalfari, does a tape recorder or notebook or the orthodoxy of quotations marks.
The Vatican characterized the remarks as misquotations.
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Continue reading the main story In the past, Mr. Scalfari, the founder of La Repubblica..

Global Health: Bologna Blamed in Worst Listeria Outbreak in History

Supported by Health Bologna Blamed in Worst Listeria Outbreak in History Photo In early March, Enterprise Foods issued a recall of some processed meat products in South Africa, where a yearlong, deadly listeria outbreak was finally traced to a type of bologna. Credit Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters WASHINGTON — The world’s largest known listeria outbreak has spread throughout South Africa for 15 months, killing 189 people. Health officials believe they have identified the source: bologna.
Since January last year, 982 confirmed cases of listeriosis had been recorded, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa reported on Thursday. The infection, caused by food that has been contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is often lethal.
A cluster of gastroenteritis cases among toddlers in a Johannesburg hospital this January led authorities to the sandwich meat in a day care center’s refrigerator — and in turn, to a meat production facility in the northern cit..

Are Today’s Teenagers Smarter and Better Than We Think?

Supported by Well | Family Are Today’s Teenagers Smarter and Better Than We Think? Photo Emma González, center, is among the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students leading the movement against gun violence. Credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Today’s teenagers have been raised on cellphones and social media. Should we worry about them or just get out of their way?
A recent wave of student protests around the country has provided a close-up view of Generation Z in action, and many adults have been surprised. While there has been much hand-wringing about this cohort, also called iGen or the Post-Millennials, the stereotype of a disengaged, entitled and social-media-addicted generation doesn’t match the poised, media-savvy and inclusive young people leading the protests and gracing magazine covers.
There’s 18-year-old Emma González, whose shaved head, impassioned speeches and torn jeans have made her the iconic face of the #NeverAgain movement, which developed after the 17 shooting death..

‘Roseanne’ Is Here to Stay: ABC Renews Highly Rated Reboot

Supported by Media ‘Roseanne’ Is Here to Stay: ABC Renews Highly Rated Reboot Photo From left, Michael Fishman, Jayden Rey, Ames McNamara, John Goodman, Roseanne Barr and Sara Gilbert in a scene from the new season of “Roseanne.” Credit Adam Rose/ABC “Roseanne” is going to be here for a while.
Three days removed from its blockbuster premiere, ABC said on Friday that it would bring back the revived sitcom for another season.
After “Roseanne” drew 18.2 million viewers and a mighty 5.1 rating among adults under 50 on Tuesday, a renewal was all but inevitable. Roseanne Barr, the show’s co-creator and star, had previously said she wanted to do another season.
And when networks find something that works these days, they are quick to lock it down. NBC renewed its reboot of “Will & Grace” to a second season before the show premiered in September. Earlier this month, it renewed the old sitcom for a third go-round, keeping the show alive until 2020.
“Will & Grace” drew more than 10 million ..