Pope Francis sent ripples around the world Wednesday when he suggested that pets and other animals have a place in heaven, which is in stark contradiction to conservative Catholic teaching that animals don't have souls. Seeking to console a young boy who recently lost his dog, Pope Francis assured him during his weekly address that he would be united with his pet in heaven.
"One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God's creatures," the Pope said, according to Italian news sources.
Theologians, however, argued that Pope Francis' words should not be taken as a doctrinal statement, as he had spoken casually. more >>
I stood before them and broke the rules.
I asked overly self-conscious Orange County, California men and women to stand in the middle of a church service if they had never heard the words "I love you" or "I am proud of you" from their father.
A good ten seconds passed before one brave man stood and then several more women and men joined him. The keyboard player began to play some comforting chords which infused this moment of freedom and healing with a gentle and safe spirit. Like a breaker rolling onto the Laguna Beach shoreline, it came from the back to the front. A wave of people began to rise up out of their seats. Some were weeping, some were holding their spouse's hand, and others stood alone. more >>
After suffering dramatic brain injuries due to the war, this man now deals with PTSD. But, God has awarded him a guardian angel to watch over him at all times. A service dog that is trained to do specific tasks to help him.
These dogs help vets do things that they cannot due to a disability. Most of the time the disability is caused from a traumatizing war experience or injury. These dogs can be trained to help someone who has seizures by moving things out of the way and even bark to warn people around the area of a potential seizure. Being an emotional support as well as a guardian angel, this dog means everything to this man.
Watch this veteran's dog help him cope with PTSD below: more >>
Luckily, Charlie was lucky enough to escape death several times in his life. It's a good thing that most cities have a central place for all animals that are abandoned can stay.
It is fortunate enough that they provide a place to stay for these beautiful creatures of God, but not every time can these shelters can receive the funding to keep all the animals alive. Regardless, there are always people out there who care enough to do all they can to save the animals. Dogs like Charlie usually don't last a week in these shelters unless they are adopted.
Charlie got very lucky to be selected. Watch and see how Charlie has a makeover before heading to his new family: more >>
This giant panda, Da Mao, is one of the two giant panda's being held in the Toronto Zoo. There is not many places these giant pandas actually live and can be seen.
Giant pandas actually live in a few mountain ranges in central China, in Sichuan, Shaanxi and the Gansu provinces. You will be so happy watching this cute panda roll around. This particular panda is rarest among the bear family and the world's most threatened animals. Da Mao doesn't care if he has friends in the area or not he is going to have fun anyway.
Watch this giant panda be playful in the video below: more >>
Ever wonder what other people say they are thankful for? Well, for instance, this guy is currently thankful for his tiny little hamster friends. He even cooks them a delicious Thanksgiving dinner!
When you see what this man is doing it will definitely make you a happy person. It's a hamster thanksgiving, and this man is sharing it for the world to see. It is hard to top the cuteness in this video, but when you see what these little fur balls do to food it will make you SMILE. Be sure to SHARE this with all your animal lover friends on for the holidays!
Check out this adorable hamster thanksgiving below: more >>