Pope Francis has declared that “Paradise is open to all God’s creatures,” according to Hannah Roberts of Express.com, the website for the U.K.s Daily Express.
The declaration reportedly occurred during the presentation of two donkeys as gifts during the Dec. 3 general audience.
The Pope was also quoted as saying “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ.”
We always sort of thought that.
For all those who lost a pet, here is Rainbow Bridge:
Just this side of Heaven is a special place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes on to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill or old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling to each other in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon you face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…….