This week Pope Francis did or didn't say something to the effect of "They (bad souls) are not punished. Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and take their place among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. A hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of sinning souls exists.”
According to Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist friend of the Pope, and the founder of the newspaper La Repubblica; that is what the Pose said; or in essence what he said since it was not an exact quote. The two had met recently before this (2018) Easter weekend as they have done in the past.
Now the Vatican has gone into spin mode. You see it all the time (especially on the left) with things like non-apology apologies and non-denial denials. That's what we have here... a whole lot of weasel words which say a lot about the honesty (or lack thereof) of the people behind them.
Did the Vatican say "There was no meeting"?
No, they said that, yes, there was a meeting... BUT an "interview" had not been granted; as if that means anything the Pope said was off the record or didn't count. It kind of reminds one of the Obama comment that hicks "cling to guns or religion or antipathy". You say what you really believe when you think your surrounded by kindred spirits and it will go no further.
Did the Vatican say "Mr Scalfari totally misinterpreted what the Pope said"?
No, they said the statement was a) "the fruit of his reconstruction", which technically is true when you paraphrase and don't give a direct quote.
And... they said the statement was b) not “a faithful transcription of the Holy Father’s words”; which again is the definition of paraphrasing and not giving a direct quote.
And... c) “no quotation of the article should be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father” which AGAIN is the definition of paraphrasing and not giving a direct quote.
To be clear, at no point in time has the Vatican say, "The Pope doesn't believe that" or "The Pope didn't say that".
Every article on this you read will say something to the effect that the official Catholic church’s teachings affirm the existence of hell. Which again says nothing about what THIS Pope believes or teaches.
Pope Francis has again proven he is a man of this world and not the next.