Pope Francis says all pets go to heaven, but what do other religions say?

December 12, 2014 5:27 PM

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Pope Francis says all pets go to heaven, but what do other religions say?

Do all dogs go to heaven? Pope Francis this week staked out his position in that crucial debate when he told a little boy whose dog had recently died that paradise is open to all of God’s creatures (paywall).

His position contrasts starkly with that of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who took after Ivan Drago (video) and said that when animals die, they just die. The consensus among the Christian denominations seems to be that, as Pope John Paul II said in 1990, animals do have souls. But they don’t ...

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