‘All donkeys go to heaven’ Pope says the Kingdom of Heaven is open to ALL God’s creatures
POPE Francis has received an unusual early Christmas present of two donkeys, following his declaration that animals do, after all, go to heaven.
Published: 15:06, Fri, December 5, 2014
Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience
“One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ’, Francis quoted Paul as saying. The Pope added: “Paradise is open to all God’s creatures.”
His position is markedly different from that of Pope Benedict XVI said that the other animals ‘are not called to the eternal life’.
This week the pope was presented with the two donkeys, named Thea and Noah, by a company that produces donkey milk for babies that are allergic to other milks.
After thanking him for the curious gift, a delighted Francis revealed that he too as a baby was fed donkey milk, Pierluigi Christophe Orunesu, of donkey farming cooperative Eurolactis Italia, claimed.
Paradise is open to all God’s creatures
“Pope Francis told me today in front of media that his mother regularly gave him donkey’s milk where she could not provide enough breast milk or later on when he was a child,” he said.
The company also donated 21 gallons of donkey’s milk to the pediatric hospital in Rome.
At the service in St Peter’s Square the Pope also met and blessed rescue dogs.
The donkeys will now go to live at the pope’s farm at the papal summer palace of Castel Gandolfo 30 miles outside Rome.
Two years ago Pope Benedict claimed that donkeys were not part of the Nativity.
He wrote in his book about the childhood of Jesus that the presence of animals like cattle and donkeys in traditional Nativity scenes is based on little more than a myth and was probably inspired by pre-Christian traditions.
“There is no mention of animals in the Gospels,” he wrote.