Msgr. Charles Pope: All Souls’ Day: Praying for the Faithful Departed

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All Souls’ Day: Praying for the Faithful Departed

COMMENTARY: Fulfilling our Christian duty on All Souls’ Day and during the month of November

By Msgr. Charles Pope, EWTN News, November 2, 2022

Msgr. Charles PopeNovember is the Month of All Souls. We pray for the souls of all the faithful departed in purgatory. It makes sense for us to reflect on the doctrine of purgatory and its roots — and of our need to pray for the departed.

What Is Purgatory?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says the following on purgation and purgatory: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship but still imperfectly purified are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification so as to attain the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name ‘Purgatory’ to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned” (1030-1031). …

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