What does the Church teach about salvation?

When one speaks of salvation through belief in Jesus Christ, that Jesus is the son of God, died for our sins and was resurrected – what exactly do we mean by “salvation”? Does this mean salvation from death? Salvation from Hell? Salvation from Purgatory?

And if we must believe in these things to ensure salvation, what happened to good people like Anne Frank who died Jewish? Is there a second chance for these people and those who are never exposed to Christianity? I’m thinking also of a span of many centuries when there was no way to reach all parts of the world, and even now that we can, not all people hear the Word of God.

The following links should assist you in better understanding the Catholic Church’s teaching on salvation. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by these links, please contact Catholic Answers directly.

Recommended Reading:

Extra ecclesiam nulla salus
Salvation Outside of the Church
What is invincible ignorance?


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