From The Chicago Tribune-
I have great news for my many canine readers: YOU’RE GOING TO HEAVEN!
The bad news is you’ll have to die in order to get there, but let’s focus on the positive for now.
While speaking to a boy whose dog had died, Pope Francis recently said: “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God's creatures."
The pope’s comment wasn’t an official change in church doctrine, which has generally held that animals don’t have souls and thus don’t go to heaven. But his words were met with glee by groups like the Humane Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, not to mention your neighbor’s dog Bowser who, based on his proclivity for shoe chewing, never thought he stood a chance of making it through the pearly gates.
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