Claim: Pope Francis told a boy grieving the loss of a pet dog that animals go to heaven.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2014]
Did Pope Francis really say that animals will be welcomed into heaven after they die? I’ve heard conflicting reports about whether it
was Pope Francis or perhaps a previous Pope who actually made that statement. Thanks!
Origins: In early December 2014 remarks purportedly made by Pope Francis about pets going to heaven began to circulate widely on the internet. According to a number of
One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.
The rumor began to circulate through
He spoke in a general audience at the Vatican on
The news was initially published on
Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us.
There is a fundamental rule in journalism. That is double-checking, and in this case it was not done.
Last updated: 19 December 2014
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