Catholics Worldwide Observe All Souls Day Praying for Dead to Shorten Time in ‘Purgatory’

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Roman Catholics worldwide observed All Saints Day on Tuesday and All Souls Day on Wednesday, days on the liturgical calendar set aside to remember deceased loved ones—to visit their graves and to pray for their time to be shortened in what Catholics believe is a place called Purgatory.

“Part of the Church’s teachings, when you pray for the dead and go to the cemetery, you actually gain indulgence. There’s indulgence when you pray for the person who died,” Roy Bellen, head of the Archdiocese of Manila’s Archdiocesan Office of Communications, told the Philippine Inquirer this week.

An indulgence is defined as an “extra-sacramental remission of the temporal punishment due, in God’s justice, to sin that has been forgiven, which remission is granted by the Church in the exercise of the power of the keys.” Catholics believe that not all those saved go directly to Heaven upon death, but some are held in Purgatory, where they must have their sins purged for an unknown period of time.

“We have no way of really knowing when they get there (to Heaven), but still we pray for them as much as they pray for us also,” Bellen said. “Hopefully it becomes a habit for us that we pray.”

Some observe All Saints Day or All Souls Day by bringing food or other goods once enjoyed by the deceased to the grave site.

“The offerings would also include, apart from favorite foods of their departed family members, wine, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, cigarettes and other items the deceased had enjoyed when he or she was still alive,” the Manila Bulletin outlines.

“Members of Poland’s tiny Roma minority enacted a tradition of their own, drinking vodka at gravesites,” the Associated Press reports.

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Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” has visited cemeteries for All Souls Day throughout his tenure. On Wednesday, he held a mass at Prima Porta Cemetery in Rome, Tweeting beforehand, “With faith we visit the graves of our loved ones, where we can also pray for those who no one remembers.”

But Mike Gendron, a former Roman Catholic who leads Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries in Plano, Texas, told Christian News Network that such practices are unbiblical.

“No where in the Bible do we ever see any one of faith praying for the dead. It is fruitless because God’s Word says, ‘It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Heb. 9:27),'” he outlined. “At the moment of death, man’s eternal destiny is sealed and cannot be reversed. Those who were justified by faith in Jesus Christ will enter immediately into Heaven; those who die without Christ will immediately experience the second death, which is the eternal lake of fire (Rev. 20:14).”

He said that the notions of Purgatory and the obtaining of indulgences to assist a loved one in Purgatory also are unscriptural.

“The concept of Purgatory, as a place of purification is not only unbiblical, it dishonors and discredits the Lord Jesus Christ,” Gendron explained. “According to Scripture, ‘The blood of Jesus purifies ALL sin (1 John 1:7).’ ‘When He (Jesus) had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3).’ Jesus ‘gave Himself for us that He might … purify for Himself a people for His own possession (Titus 2:14).'”

He noted that it was the offering of indulgences that sparked the Reformation nearly 500 years ago.

“I would encourage Catholics to submit the supreme authority of God’s Word to determine what is true and what is false,” Gendron stated. “We must test every teaching and tradition of men through the lens of Scripture (Acts 17:11). Hold on to what conforms to God’s Word and reject everything that opposes or nullifies God’s Word. It is the Word of God that will judge us on the last day (John 12:48).”


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  • Amos Moses

    No purgatory …………. so what a waste of intercessory prayer ………… we do not get to pray people in and out of favor with God ……………… there is no authority for it ……….

    • Ax2root

      Nor do DEAD BODY human body saints in heaven PRAY with EARTH human saints.

      That goes AGAINST The Word of God who INSTRUCTS human saints on earth to agree with OTHER human body saints ON EARTH.

      Matthew 18:19
      “AGAIN I say unto YOU, That if two of YOU shall AGREE ON EARTH as touching any thing that THEY shall ASK, it shall be done FOR THEM of MY Father which IS IN HEAVEN.”..Jesus The Christ

      ( capitals added)

      DON’t pray to DEAD BODY SAINTS

      IT OPPOSES the Word of God!! Jesus Christ is the ONLY HEAVENLY INTERCESSOR

      1 Timothy 2:5

      For there is one God, and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, THE MAN Christ JESUS:

      Isaiah 59:16

      And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no INTERCESSOR therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

  • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Sad… I was Born Again in the RCC. Investigating their non-Biblical doctrines, such as Purgatory lead me to leave the RCC and find a church/Pastor who actually preaches what is in the Bible.

    Purgatory & Indulgences say (contrary to scripture) that the sacrifice of Jesus was not enough to pay for our sins.

    • George Fillin

      You were in a false place with false doctrine and you were not born again. Those who are born again do not and cannot sin anymore. Period.
      You admit by your own words that you sinned, were taught falsely, and sinned again in that false teaching.

      • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        George – Do you say that you do NOT sin?

        Do you not know the scripture?

        1 John 1:8-10If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

        • George Fillin

          The correct version of that verse is “have not SINNED”
          It is past tense. As in if a man says he has NEVER sinned except Christ that man is a liar. I am so sick of you lying hypocrites telling the world it is impossible to be perfect. You lie against your own God.

          • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Have you, for instance, ever called someone a fool (hint – read your own postings)?

            Mt 5:22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

          • George Fillin

            You are not my brethren. I have no qualms calling you hypocrites fools.
            If you believe I am wrong. Ask Yahweh to judge between us. I have no sin in this regard, most of you are lying hypocritical fools. Why else do you think God promised to send his angels amoung those who said they are his children and strike them down BEFORE judgement on the heathens?

          • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            [Shakes head in sadness] – I have been praying that God will open your eyes, so that you could look on your fellow Christians with love like Jesus does. Did Peter lose his salvation when he denied Jesus 3 times? Did all of the believers in Asia [now Turkey] lose their salvation when they turned their back on an apostle does God’s work (read 2 Tim.)? Read 1 Cor 5 again. Paul cast an unrepentant, backslidden Christian out of the church – with hope that this would bring about repentance and lead to his soul being saved.

            Jesus, himself, taught what to do with a brother who is caught up in unrepentant sin:

            Mt 18:15-17 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you [and repents], you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them [and repent], tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen [and repent] even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

            Why would Jesus give a lesson on restoring a fellow believer caught in sin to the church if He did not realize that Christians can sin and then repent and be restored?

          • George Fillin

            Keep your vain supplications from the nose of my master. It is as if you have never heard or kept the law.

          • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Are you asserting that a man, after he is born again, MUST walk about the rest of his life without a single sin in order to be saved. IOW, his salvation is now wholly dependent upon himself and being 100% free from sin (including sinful thoughts). That puts salvation back on UNDER the law and must be earned by the individual. This is contrary to the free gift of eternal life that was given to us.

          • George Fillin

            I assert nothing. That is exactly what God and the apostles have said.
            God WILL NOT save you if you are not perfectly sinless. He will make you sinless through suffering and obedience or you will die. He will not aquit ANY sin and he sees all sin as abomination. These are the words of the God you all claim to follow. Yet, you do not obey and seek to make up your own judgements which you think he will respect you for.

            Salvation IS IN THE LAW. Salvation is not only prophesied about, but judged by a standard. Torah. This is why God hates you people, your teachers are wolves and you don’t consider it….

      • Ax2root

        Your thinking is nuts if you think that born again Christians never sin. Is that a joke?

        Do you ACTUALLY believe that? If so then you know NO Christians BECAUSE JESUS The Christ is the ONLY sinless human.

        When a person is born again by Grace through faith their SPIRIT is IMMEDIATELY ” made the righteousness of God in Christ”

        HOWEVER….the mind and body are NOT immediately made perfect in Christ. They have work to do in presenting the body as a sacrifice to The Lord and redeeming the MIND in the Word of God.

        ..BY “TAKING EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE UNTO CHRIST ”

        There were Christians in the Word of God called CHRISTIANS who were also called ” baby, carnal, foolish and bewitched”

        • George Fillin

          You’re a liar who is calling God and many of this apostles liars.
          I grow tired of you hypocrites who lie to the nations saying” it is impossible to be perfect”.

          Cursed be the man that says this anymore.

          • Ax2root

            On every of the devils names is ” slanderer”

          • George Fillin

            Little child. If you call the Satan holy is it slander?

            Stop being foolish and judge the way Yahweh commanded or do not speak at all.

        • George Fillin

          You do not know the words of you own God and yet you call him and his servants liars. He told you that you are NOT born again except you never sin anymore.

      • Just

        George, may the Lord give you grace to receive his love in your heart through his Holy Spirit!Amen.

        • George Fillin

          Keep your vain supplications and groundless blessings to yourself. You assumptive hypocrite.

        • George Fillin

          ….

  • ComeOnPeople!

    This is not biblical. The scriptures say that no one is in heaven but asleep until judgement day when the dead in Messiah will rise & those which are alive and remain will be caught up to meet them. The Scripture also says that once one is dead there is no more hope for them to change. You can only turn back to Yahweh and HIS ways while there is still breath in your lungs. False religions always teach false doctrines and traditions of men.

    • George Fillin

      The scriptures did not SAY anything. Which man spoke the words you are repeating? Which son of God prophesied these things to you?

  • Reason2012

    Nowhere is this in the Bible – but you know what it does? It deceives people into thinking they’ll just hedge their bets and if God ends up being true, then they’ll just get out of purgatory anyway. This lie is what helps lead many to_hell, never to get out.

    “[Jesus said] And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
    But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
    Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
    Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said,
    Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him,
    If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

    Luke 16:22-31

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Men carry wishful imaginations. The Catholics should read the Holy Bible and know that purgatory does not exist. One cannot pray for the dead. The dead are either in Heaven or hell for final and cannot be prayed for. ( Luke ch.16, Hebrews ch.9, Revelation ch.20)

    • George Fillin

      You don’t know what you are talking about in the same way they do not know what they are talking about.

      You were told multiple times there would be a final judgement before any of what you are saying happens.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        The final judgment is the Lake of Fire. Until then, the unrighteous are in the sheol(hell), not purgatory. No human can come out of the sheol. Remember the time could flow differently in other worlds.

        • George Fillin

          You are lying. Not only is there a difference between the execution of judgement and judgement itself. The final judgement is good or evil. That is what a judgement is. A comparison of a person or thing to a standard(law). The execution of a judgement is the consequence for the judgement made. You also have never been to nor have any extra information about sheol than the rest of the people that read the scriptures. So, why are you speaking about it like it’s fact without saying who told you about it?

          • Amos Moses

            Nope ………. you are lying ……….

          • Ax2root

            Or deceived and in delusion.

            Lying implies intent to deceive

            Shalom Amos!

          • George Fillin

            I am? Explain the difference then using GOd’s words verbatim on the difference between judge/judgement/execution of judgement. He has spoken on all three and given commandments concerning all three.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. It is the judgment of Heaven and hell. Good and evil are already declared and taught by the Holy Bible. We know what those are. Judgment is receiving the just eternal consequences from the Creator God. Only the faith in Jesus Christ – His atoning death and His resurrection – gets anyone into Heaven. ( 1 Corinthians ch.15) Read the Bible text instead of imagining stuff.

          • George Fillin

            The bible does not teach anything. Stop lying. It is a book.
            And obviously you do not know the difference between good and evil because you lie against your own God.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The West got every excellent thing from the Holy Bible. The Westerners would have been just another tragic case of illiterate savages on Planet Earth if they had no Bible. Stop attacking your own white Christian ancestors. They were not blasphemous or child-killing or homosexual-abnormal like today’s sick generation. ( Jude ch.1) Pre-christian = barbarism. Post-christian = Sodom. Christianity = truth, light, life.

          • johndoe

            Nope. our ancestors were also deists and atheists…not just christians

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. All of your ancestors at least respected Christianity. Today’s Westerners are incapable of understanding their own ancestors because of the decades-long severe hedonism. Normal people show respect to what is good and do not behave like today’s secular liberals.

          • johndoe

            You need to read American history instead of making it up.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. Your first name is from Christianity, too. The West has nothing worthy apart from Christianity. Stop hating what is true and good. You guys have been too well-fed and spoiled and that’s why you attack Christianity.

          • johndoe

            I havent attacked ajything and my first name came from my parents. Wow, so now youre sayi g everyone in America who doesnt follow your religion are unworthy? Says a lot about what kind of person you are…

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No American should attack Christianity, because Christianity is good and vital, and Christians created America, and for Americans bashing Christianity means bashing one’s own parents. Stop being a rotten kid. Americans are not being respected today because they take off clothes in public places, bashing the good religion and shaming their own parents.

          • johndoe

            My kids are incredible and bash no one. You need help.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Don’t stop them going to Jesus. They need Jesus to get saved from your falsehood.

          • johndoe

            I havent but theyre smart enough to understand that its all fables

          • johndoe

            I havent but they jave their own minds.

          • George Fillin

            1. Not white.
            2. God decides what melanin level a man receives. He does not judge by this, fools judge by skin color.
            3. You assume like 3 things and you speak of matters you don’t understand at all, but heard in a book.
            4. the BIBLE is a name for the SCRIPTURES which are a script of what happen in the past to REAL people. The BIBLE does not speak, nor the SCRIPTURES either. They do not teach. They do not judge. They do not see. They do not think. They are things.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You need to read the Holy Bible first. Read the text.

          • George Fillin

            You have no idea who you are speaking to. Cease.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            1. A historical fact.
            2. You know nothing about God.
            3. You did not read the Book.
            4. You have no rights to talk about the Book you’ve never read.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You didn’t read the Holy Bible and have no rights to talk about it.

          • johndoe

            Sure he does. Its just a book of stories

          • George Fillin

            The bible is not holy, Yahweh is holy. It is you who has not kept God’s law. Cease.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            God’s Word is holy. Read Psalms 119. You do not know His laws.

          • George Fillin

            God’s words are those he speaks through an angel or Prophet/Prophetess. The BIBLE is a cumulative script of past events wherein which man and Yahweh have been recorded. THE BIBLE, listen to what I am saying, is not God’s word. Listen and THINK again before you speak.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. The Holy Bible is the Word of God as itself claims to be and is proven to be so. You do not decide anything. Read the Bible text and then say something. “All Scripture is God-breathed” ( II Timothy chapter 3)

          • George Fillin

            The bible doesn’t claim anything. It is a book.
            You are speaking of Paul. Only the words spoken by God are God’s words.
            You need to think critically.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Your wrong. Apostle Paul’s epistles were written under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration and are the Word of God, as Apostle Peter testified so. The quality of the writing proved that it is the Word of God. His letters are the only protection against today’s Western pervs’ tyranny. You need to wake up. No more slavery to Western pervs. The Holy Bible that includes Pauline epistles is the only item that brings freedom to mankind. It says nations like today’s USA will be destroyed. You must repent of your sins to get saved. Read John chapter 3.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Holy Bible is the Word of God and teaches everything mankind must know. God taught us what is good and what is evil. Read His Word. Unbelief is a hell-bound sin.

          • George Fillin

            I am quite done with you little child. If you wish the king to judge between me and thee, simply bow the knee and make thy petition before him. He will judge and quickly. Now be quiet.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Catholics must read all of the Holy Bible. There is no purgatory. There is the fair Judgment Day for everyone. ( Revelation chapter 20)

          • George Fillin

            The bible does not teach anything. I grow tired of explaining the same thing over and over again. The scripture is text, it is not a God. Whom do you speak of?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You didn’t read the Holy Bible. Read it, starting from the Gospels in the New Testament Bible. It will save your life. Repent of your blasphemy. Psalm 14.

          • George Fillin

            Once again. A book sits on a table and does not speak. You are a fool if you say otherwise. Yeah if Christ stood in your face ye would not know him.

  • George Fillin

    Both the hypocrites who follow the catholics, whom Yahweh hates, and those who oppose them, whom are also hypocrites, refuse to keep the law. And as a result do not know God’s will or testimonies or judgements on matters such as these. You fight against each other, but none of you actually believes or has proven what God has said. First obey God’s law, then come back and rebuke all these men with authority as one who has KEPT the law and not just read about it. This is why you have no power. I would that any of you that knew God at all would pray against the catholics as David prayed against his enemies and see what he does. I tell you, he will give justice quickly to those who obey him and ignore the prayers of the hypocrites.

    Can any of you naysayers even explain how their vain prayers to dead men hurt people? Heathen or chosen? Do you even know that sins have negative consequences? Do you even know which laws they are breaking in making such vain prayers?

    • Amos Moses

      “First obey God’s law, then come back and rebuke all these men with authority as one who has KEPT the law and not just read about it. ”

      So you really do not know scripture or law or grace ……. or christianity for that matter …….. fail ….. try again ………….

      • George Fillin

        It it you who does not know the law. Grace is in the law. Christianity is a farce and Christ a stumbling block to the heathens because you do not know the law of Moses nor the law of Christ or the difference thereof. First be obedient to God and THEN come and rebuke me with authority if I have done ought wrong. Share the exact laws i have broken in which you say I am wrong and a liar. Until then let every man know that you cannot.

    • Don Hamilton

      Sorry George, you’re lost. You need to repent. Discard everything you think you know about God, pick up your Bible and start over. I’ll be praying for you.

      • George Fillin

        Keep your vain babbllngs out of the ear of Yahweh. I neither asked for your vain supplications nor need them. Worthless man…

    • Ax2root

      Christians are “dead to the law and married to another, Jesus The Christ ” bible.

      Christians have A better covenant based on better promises ”

      …bible (.Hebrews )

      • George Fillin

        Dead to the law of MOSES.
        Alive to the law of CHRIST.

        Better promises = TESTAMENT(Testimony)
        Testimony = LAW
        Law = TORAH
        I never change, therefor ye sons of Jacob are not consumed – Yahweh.

        Stop lying.

        • Ax2root

          Quoting the Rightly divided Word of God is not lying

          • George Fillin

            The scriptures are not pre-divided so that you may quote them. Understanding (division) of the scripture is gotten through obedience not reading.

      • George Fillin

        Dead to the law of MOSES.
        Alive and UNDER the law of CHRIST.
        The law of Moses imperfect and the law of CHRIST which is written in ancient and newer text(old testament and new testament recording) perfect and never to be done away with till earth be destroyed and he makes a new one.

  • Becky

    What a sad, sad religion.