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We recently celebrated All Souls Day, in which we prayed for all the faithful departed to be released from purgatory and brought into the presence of God in Heaven. Yet belief in purgatory has fallen on hard times in recent decades. Of course Protestants reject this doctrine, but also many (most?) Catholics manifest practical disbelief of it. After all, at most Catholic funerals the deceased is canonized, assumed already to be “looking down on us” and happy in Heaven, in spite of the likelihood that most people who die in the state of grace will face a stay in purgatory. https://onepeterfive.com/st-catherine-of...purgatory/

                                                Unfortunately you seem to hear that at every Catholic funeral nowdays. Someone always tells everyone that he or she went straight to Heaven.
I wish I had visited the Purgatory Museum in Rome when I was there in 2015....But there's just so darned much to see. If I ever return, next time I'll go.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/muse...-purgatory

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LOCATED IN THE BACK OF the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio on the banks of the Tiber, the tiny century-old Piccolo Museo Del Purgatorio, or “Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory,” holds a collection of bibles, prayer books, tabletops, and articles of clothing said to have been singed by the hands of souls in purgatory.
(11-10-2020, 10:57 AM)JacafamalaRedux Wrote: [ -> ]I wish I had visited the Purgatory Museum in Rome when I was there in 2015....But there's just so darned much to see. If I ever return, next time I'll go.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/muse...-purgatory

[Image: soulsinpurgatory.jpg]

LOCATED IN THE BACK OF the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio on the banks of the Tiber, the tiny century-old Piccolo Museo Del Purgatorio, or “Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory,” holds a collection of bibles, prayer books, tabletops, and articles of clothing said to have been singed by the hands of souls in purgatory.


It is truly worth a visit.

Its a small area not well lit and if I’m honest its a bit scary when you see the burn marks and read the letters and realise what it could mean to go there.
Rev. Fr. F.X. Schouppe's book on Purgatory is absolutely terrifying. Some of the stories related in there sound like they're describing Hell itself. The passive, relaxed attitude that some Catholics have for Purgatory goes to show the complete ignorance of its reality.