How could the idol worshippers in Maccabees go to Purgatory?

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I just want to ask about purgatory… Judas Maccabeus collected money for the atonement for the sins for his soldiers who have died during the war…

Idolatry in our catholic teaching that, it is a MORTAL SIN…

Since they found out that the Soldiers wore an amulets of another gods so they committed idolatry…right?

Since idolatry is a grievous (deadly) offense so it does not need prayers… as St.John said:

1 John 5:16
If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that.

please help me this confusion…

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