How does the bible and the church describe hell?
first, Luke 16:23-26–> a place of torment, with a wide chasm from there to the heavenly courts, described as the bosom of Abraham.
The church? I would say, in general, it is a place of eternal separation from God and a place of punishment.
it is not supported in scripture that one’s friends will be known, even if they are there.
The Catholic Encyclopedia on the subject (on this website)