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Pope Francis Declares All Dogs Go To Heaven

December 13, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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At a public appearance recently, Pope Francis broke from previous conservative beliefs when he soothed the heart of a young boy who was mourning the death of his dog saying to the boy, “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.”

Catholic Theologians claim Francis — who actually took his name St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, was speaking in conversation only.

However, the telling statement is being seen by some as a possible reverse in course from conservative Catholic theology, which states that animals can’t go to heaven because they are soulless, The New York Times reports.

Pope John Paul II had claimed that animals have souls, however his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, in a 2008 sermon that seemed to say the opposite.

The Pope’s comments sparked a heated debate on the subject, and the Humane Society says it has been flooded with e-mails.

If Francis does, in fact, believe animals have souls, “then we ought to seriously consider how we treat them,” a rep says. “We have to admit that these are sentient beings, and they mean something to God.”

PETA is also running with Francis’ remark, suggesting Catholics should move toward a vegan lifestyle.

Animal souls aside, a recent Pew survey finds Francis has a 60% approval rating worldwide and 78% approval in the US, the Washington Post reports.

China may be growing fond of the pontiff, too, considering he allegedly refused a meeting with the Dalai Lama because, as the Dalai Lama reportedly said, “It might create inconveniences,” according to the New York Times reports.

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