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Anna Keltner wrote:

Hi, guys —

I once read a brief writing by Pope John Paul II on the subject was on Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory.

I believe it was written in the 1990's and the topic of Purgatory referred to the Council of Florence and the Council of Trent.  The unique aspect of this writing was that they, [Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory], were not places, but rather a spiritual states of being.

I would appreciate help in finding this work. I have a friend who's pondering over Purgatory and asking me questions about it. Since the teaching was unique, as well as comfortable for me,
I'd like to be able to share it [and/or] direct him to the writing.

Thank you in advance,


  { Can you help me find a writing from Pope John Paul II that referenced Purgatory? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Anna —

Got it!

I think what you were referring to was a talk given by Pope John Paul II in his August 4th general
audience. Here is the link to the General Audience for Wednesday 4 August 1999.

Here is an EWTN web page that will give you the text of all three general audience talks he gave during that Summer on:

  • Heaven
  • Hell, and
  • Purgatory

Hope this helps,

Side note: If you or others have a devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, check out my other web site dedicated to praying for the release of the Holy Souls from Purgatory. We are trying to start Purgatory Prayer Programs across the United States. Get your FREE starter kit TODAY!

Anna replied:

Your a good man, Mike!!

Thanks so much - it's just what I needed to help a friend who is struggling with this issue.

You're good at what you do. Please know this is greatly appreciated. I feel confident John Paul II was anointed when he was inspired to write this. I felt blessed when I first read it, and pray it touches my friend in the same profound way.

Now here's another question:

  • Just what is a Catholic Charismatic?

I am one, but my same friend told me she was also a Charismatic and asked me what my definition was.

Since I have a unique charism I'd better get the definition and make sure I'm wearing the right label!

Thanks again, and God bless.

Anna Keltner

Mike replied:

Hi, Anna —

You said:
Your a good man, Mike!!

Now all I have to do is convince my brother : )

You said:
Now here's another question: Just what is a Catholic Charismatic?

Searching our knowledge base can find a lot of answers to questions you have:

Here is a Google search on the word "Charismatic".

Just review each posting until you find an answer to your question, like:

Hope this helps,


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