Do animals go to heaven? Pope Francis may not have weighed in after all

Do animals go to heaven? It's unclear what Pope Francis thinks.

Story highlights

  • It was Pope Paul VI, not Pope Francis, who said animals can go to heaven
  • It's unclear where Francis stands on the issue
  • An Italian newspaper says Francis' remarks suggest he agrees
Can animals go to heaven?
Some people all over the world have been excited in recent days about reports by news agencies worldwide -- including one from CNN -- declaring that Pope Francis apparently believes they can.
It turns out it's unclear what he believes about this.
A previous pope, Paul VI, had no doubts. "One day we will again see our animals in the eternity of Christ," Paul once told a boy grieving the loss of his pet.
That quote, from the pontiff who reigned from 1963 until his death in 1978, was inaccurately attributed to Francis.