Written by Vegetarian Star on December 12th, 2014 in Animal Issues.
Update 12/15/2014: It turns out, Pope Francis was actually referencing to a statement made by one of his predecessors. He was not the one who comforted the boy or the owner of the original statement on animals going to heaven. However, as far as Vegetarian Star is concerned, all pets are nothing but angels.
Catholic animal lovers will be glad to hear that Pope Francis has declared their four-legged friends worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Even the ones with obedience problems.
During a speech, Francis comforted a boy who had experienced the loss of his pet dog.
“One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures,” Francis said.
The idea of a union between religious followers and animal welfare advocates is not new.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has suggested members of the Catholic church go vegan.
And many who follow Seventh-Day Adventist practices already are.
A rep for the Humane Society of the United States has used the Pope’s recent statement to suggest more people “seriously consider” how animals are treated while they are on Earth.
“We have to admit that these are sentient beings, and they mean something to God,” the rep said.
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