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Limbo is the place where innocent souls exist temporarily until they can enter heaven, notably those of the saints who died before the advent of Christ (limbus patruum) and those of unbaptized but innocent children (limbus infantum). In common parlance, it refers to any in-between place, state or condition of neglect or oblivion which results in an unresolved status, delay or deadlock.

In Roman Catholic theology

In Roman Catholic theology, Limbo (Latin limbus, edge or boundary, referring to the "edge" of Hell) is the afterlife condition of those who die in original sin without being assigned to the Hell of the damned (gehenna). Medieval theologians described the underworld ("hell", "hades", "infernum") as divided into four distinct underworlds: hell of the damned (which a very few of them called gehenna), purgatory, limbo of the fathers, and limbo of infants.

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