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Pope Francis greets a child in St. Peter's Square during the general audience on April 20, 2016. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis, Jane Goodall speak on ‘what it means to be human’ at Vatican health conference

May 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis and Jane Goodall both offered perspectives on “what it means to be human” on the final day of... Read more

No monkey business: Chimps don’t have human rights, philosophers say

May 11, 2018

By Perry West

After a New York judge said that courts must seriously consider whether animals deserve some legal protections afforded to people,... Read more

Margaret from The Pope's Cat looking out on the Square. Illustration by Roy Deleon, courtesy of Paraclete Press.

The Pope's Cat: New book series introduces kids to papal office, Rome

Mar 18, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Margaret, the fictional stray cat adopted by a fictional Pope in a new children’s book series, gets an up-close and... Read more

'Friar Carmelo'.

Meet the four-legged Franciscan 'friar'

Mar 8, 2017

The newest member of St. Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is furry and has four legs.  Read more

Magnum the St. Bernard at the Vatican during Pope Francis’ May 18, 2016 general audience.

This Saint Bernard just met Pope Francis

May 18, 2016

By Elise Harris

While Pope Francis might have chastised animal-lovers who treat their pets better than people in last week’s general audience, that... Read more

Pope Francis at Jubilee of Mercy audience in St. Peter's Square. May 14, 2016.

Pope Francis: You can't love your pet more than your neighbor

May 14, 2016

People in need deserve more love from us than the animals do, Pope Francis has said.  Read more