Media reports that Pope Francis suggested that dogs can go to heaven circulated widely on Friday, wrongly reporting the Pope’s original statement and the circumstances during which they were said.
Pope Francis never actually commented on the issue of whether dogs will do to heaven. According to Vatican Radio, the Pope said to a general audience (not a distraught boy as originally reported): “The Holy Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this wonderful design also affects everything around us.”
The misreporting stemmed from a report from the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, which interpreted the Pope’s remarks to mean that dogs could go to heaven. The newspaper also drew comparisons to a quote from Pope Paul VI, which was then incorrectly attributed by many outlets to Pope Francis.