Religion Did the pope just say that animals have souls?

In comforting a child grieving his dog, Pope Francis implied that the child would reunite with his pet in heaven. Does this signal a doctrinal shift?

By , Correspondent

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor.

When a grieving little boy looked up at Pope Francis with puppy dog eyes and told the pontiff he was sad over his dog dying, father of the Roman Catholic Church didn’t hesitate to tell the child his companion would be awaiting him in heaven.