The Pope must be feeling lonely cause he decided it was time to start scaring the Hell out of people again:
Addressing a parish gathering in a northern suburb of Rome, the Pope said that in the modern world many people, including some believers, had forgotten that if they failed to “admit blame and promise to sin no more”, they risked “eternal damnation – the inferno”.
Hell “really exists and is eternal, even if nobody talks about it much any more”.
The Pope, who as cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was head of Catholic doctrine, noted that “forgiveness of sins” for those who repented was a cornerstone of Christian belief.
If you can’t trust a man in a tall, pointy, silly hat then who can you trust?
Personally I find it somewhat amusing that he has to remind people about one of the more fundamental aspects of their supposed religious belief. “Now remember! Hell isn’t something we made up because it sounded all scary, it really IS scary, and you should believe it because it sounds really scary.”