this is interesting; the late popes’ attitudes to animals. peta have done this tribute to his love for animals
Pope John Paul II Taught Love for Animals
As Catholics around the world mourn the passing of His Holiness John PaulII, non-Catholic animal lovers remember his dream about animals.
Pope John Paul II taught love for animals more than any other pope in recent memory.
Read about His Holiness’ dream about a homeless cat and her kittens.
In 1990, His Holiness proclaimed that “the animals possess a soul and men must loveand feel solidarity with our smaller brethren.”
He went on to say that all animals are “fruit of the creative action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect”
and that they are “as near to God as men are.”
Animal lovers everywhere were overjoyed!
The Holy Father reminded people that all living beings, including animals,came into being because of the “breath” of God.
Animals possess the divine spark of life-the living quality that is the soul-and they are not inferior beings, as factory farmers, fur farmers, and others who exploit animals for profit would have us believe.
After he became Pope John Paul II, His Holiness went to Assisi, the
birthplace of St. Francis, and spoke of the saint’s love for animals.
He declared, “We, too, are called to a similar attitude.”
PETA is grateful that His Holiness spoke out so beautifully for animals and their souls, and we hope that his successor will also speak out for them with the same love and compassion.
Catholics can honor his teachings by incorporating compassion for animals more fully into their own lives.