Pope Francis Never Said Dogs Go to Heaven

Reports suggesting Pope Francis said dogs can go to heaven are wrong, as the pontiff never actually commented on the subject, NBC News reported. The confusion stems from a speech Pope Francis gave last month, in which he said, "Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us." Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper interpreted it to mean the pope believes animals go to heaven, and drew an analogy with another pope who spoke on the subject. "It is said that Paul VI consoled a tearful child whose dog had died, and told him: 'One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ,'" the newspaper said. Many news organizations, including The New York Times and NBC News, attributed the Pope Paul VI quote to Pope Francis.

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