From small embraces to acts of heroism: there should be no doubt that animals have souls.

The senior director of faith outreach at the Humane Society, Christine Gutleben told the New York Times, “If the pope did mean that all animals go to heaven, then the implication is that animals have a soul.” The pope has set a great example at recognizing what animals have been showing us all along: they do, indeed, have souls. Here are just a few examples.

 

Anytime a dog met his human coming home from war.

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Or a mother and daughter embraced.

Or a mother and daughter embraced.

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When three lions saved an abducted Ethiopian girl.

When three lions saved an abducted Ethiopian girl.

In 2005, a 12-year-old girl was abducted and beaten by seven men attempting to force her into marriage with one of them. The girl was missing for a week when she was found guarded by three lions. Policemen say that the lions “stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest.” If it weren’t for these lions, the girl’s fate most likely would have been far worse.

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