Over the past couple of days, Pope Francis has again become the focus of the religious conservatives after saying animals also go to heaven. The last time Pope Francis made another of such controversial statements, it turned out to be a hoax! So I was a little less quick to believe this story on face value. However, it turns out to be true.
The 77 year old pope is reported to have stated this during his weekly address in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square. He claimed that dogs, along with “all of God’s creatures,” can make it to heaven.
The pope's remarks were made in order to comfort a young boy who was mourning the death of his dog.
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The Pope made these remarks as a quote from the apostle Paul in the bible;
“One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all God’s creatures.”
According to the Express, Pope Francis’ declaration is in complete contrast to those that were previously made by his predecessor Pope Benedict.
Pope Benedict said that animals “are not called to the eternal life.”
In a book that Pope Benedict wrote about the childhood of Jesus, he claimed that there was no mention of animals in any of the Gospels. In fact, he stated that the presence of animals in Nativity scenes is based on myth.
Pope Benedict resigned from the office of the pope in 2013, declaring that he didn’t possess the “strength of mind and body” to continue.