Pope Francis leads his weekly general audience in the Vatican on January 5. Photo: EPA-EFE
Pope Francis leads his weekly general audience in the Vatican on January 5. Photo: EPA-EFE

Pope suggests people who have pets, not children, are ‘selfish’

  • Pope Francis tells audience in Vatican that dogs and cats sometimes take the place of children and not having offspring is ‘form of selfishness’
  • It is not the first time he has aired such views; in 2014 he said having pets instead of children was ‘another phenomenon of cultural degradation’

Topic |   Catholic Church
Pope Francis leads his weekly general audience in the Vatican on January 5. Photo: EPA-EFE
Pope Francis leads his weekly general audience in the Vatican on January 5. Photo: EPA-EFE
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