WHAT IS THE “HELL” INTO WHICH JESUS DESCENDED?
In the Apostle’s Creed, we pray: “Jesus Christ descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead.”
But what is the “hell” into which Jesus descended? The Compendium of the Catechism n. 125 reminds us that:
-This “hell” was different from the hell of the damned. It was the state of all those, righteous and evil, who died before Christ. With his soul united to his divine Person Jesus went down to the just in hell who were awaiting their Redeemer so they could enter at last into the vision of God. When he had conquered by his death both death and the devil “who has the power of death” (Hebrews 2:14), he freed the just who looked forward to the Redeemer and opened for them the gates of heaven.
See as well Catechism of the Catholic Church 632-637
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