The current pope, while consoling a small boy about the loss of his pet, has hinted there may be some sort of special dog heaven up there in the sky and that, perhaps, animals have souls too. Religious internet forums are going berserk.
The pope was overheard during a public walkabout telling a child that: "...paradise is open to all of God’s creatures," meaning there could be separate heavens for budgies, hamsters, any well-behaved cats and perhaps even X Factor contestants. Unless the pope was lying. Popes don't lie, do they? [NYT via Time]