12th Article Creed

What is purgatory?

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"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 achieve 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" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1030-1031). It is in purgatory that the last vestiges of love of self are transformed into love for God.

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