How are we to interpret Pope Francis' recent statement?

Recently, Pope Francis declared that there are animals in heaven. I understood that
the long teaching of the catholic church has been that since animals do not have
souls they are not in heaven. Please comment and clarify?

The Catholic Church does not have an official teaching on animals in heaven. Pope Francis did not say anything about animals in heaven. The media twisted, distorted and manufactured quotes from Pope Francis and other media outlets never fact checked the story and simply repeated it.

Here’s Jimmy Akin’s National Catholic Register article Did Pope Francis say animals go to heaven?

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