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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, May 22, 2023

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. Father Pokorsky co-founded both CREDO and Adoremus, two organizations deeply engaged in authentic liturgical renewal. He writes regularly for a number of Catholic websites and magazines. …

Jesus draws all of us to Himself through the Cross and Resurrection. He returns to the Father in His glorious Ascension and brings our humanity with Him. He completes His sacred mission of the Word as prophesized by Isaiah (cf. Is. 55:11). Heaven is the destiny of those who follow Him. We believe in heaven (but without daring to judge any soul) we also believe in hell for those who live evil lives and reject the commandments of Jesus.

According to estimates, the world population is 8 billion. Christians represent 2.2 billion, with Catholics making up half of that. The various factions of Islam have nearly 1.6 billion believers. The Hindus have just over 1 billion, Buddhists ½ billion, those with no religious affiliation 1.1 billion, and many other religions—including Judaism, have less than 100 million adherents. Some suggest that 7% of the world’s population is atheist….

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