CORRECTION: A previous version of this article attributed the quotation "Heaven is open to all creatures" to Pope Francis. As Reuters reports, however, that comment was not made by Pope Francis, but rather stems from a misstatement by an Italian newspaper.
In his weekly address at the Vatican late last month, Pope Francis touched on a subject that left many wondering whether the Pearly Gates might come with a doggy door. Although the pope did not mention animals specifically, many followers took his Nov. 26 address about heaven to suggest that it might be more inclusive than exclusive.
"Sacred Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this marvelous plan cannot but involve everything that surrounds us and came from the heart and mind of God," said Pope Francis, as quoted by the Vatican.
Original reports erroneously said that Pope Francis mentioned animals in his speech, and news organizations were quick to retract. However, New York Times editor of international news Michael Slackman says, "The pope did in fact make comments suggesting heaven is open to animals."