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Pope Francis says dogs go to heaven, sparking an animal rights debate
Pope Francis says dogs go to heaven, sparking an animal rights debate

Pope Francis set off a fascinating debate about whether animals have souls when he offered consolation earlier this week to a boy whose dog had died. “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ,” the pope said during a public appearance in St. Peter’s Square, according to Italian media. “Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” [Updated 8:36 p.m. PST Dec. 15: According to Religion News Service, the quote attributed to Pope Francis was uttered decades ago by Pope Paul VI, who died in 1978. The widespread misreporting of the pope's remarks was sparked by an ambiguous headline in the Italian daily Corriere Della Serra:...

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