Pope Francis warns that choosing pets over children ‘diminishes us’

Pope Francis warns that choosing pets over children ‘diminishes us’

Pope Francis has some pretty strong opinions about couples who choose to have pets instead of children.In fact, the child-free lifestyle has been enticing more and more millennials in recent years as many couples have begun to embrace the freedom that comes along with not having children.

Pope calls couples who choose pets over having children ‘selfish’

Pope calls couples who choose pets over having children ‘selfish’

Pope Francis risked the ire of the world’s childless dog and cat owners by suggesting people who substitute pets for children exhibit “a certain selfishness”.Speaking on parenthood during a general audience at the Vatican , the pontiff lamented that pets “sometimes take the place of children” in society.

On a visit to my father, Annie the Labrador steals the show

On a visit to my father, Annie the Labrador steals the show

But my father is to have the last laugh at the signing afterwards, when all present work out that he is the self-same Daddy mentioned throughout the text, and begin thrusting their copies of the book into his hands.

Oklahoma boy, 7, fatally mauled by family Corgi mix, authorities say

Oklahoma boy, 7, fatally mauled by family Corgi mix, authorities say

The preliminary investigation indicates the child was attacked by a family pet (dog),” according to a statement from the Creek County Sheriff’s Office.The sheriff’s office said it was working with the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office in the investigation.

Jenna Bush Hager picks new book club novel by 'A Gentleman in Moscow' author

Jenna Bush Hager picks new book club novel by 'A Gentleman in Moscow' author

The novel is about three 18-year-old boys: Emmett Watson, Woolly and Duchess, and Watson’s eight-year-old brother, Billy, who travel from Nebraska to New York City in the 1950s searching for adventure and a fresh start.

Silence about my race kept my family apart. Could a rescue dog bring us together?

Silence about my race kept my family apart. Could a rescue dog bring us together?

But in March 2020, just as the world began to change, I headed to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London to meet an anxious greyhound called Jasper.When Jasper and I eventually went home to Sutton, I found that my mother and I disagreed on whether my father had truly loved dogs.

Lady Gaga’s dog walker shot as two of her french bulldogs stolen

Lady Gaga’s dog walker shot as two of her french bulldogs stolen

A man walking Lady Gaga’s dogs for her was shot in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, and two of her dogs were stolen, prompting the pop star to offer a $500,000 reward for their return.

Farewell to a good girl

Farewell to a good girl

As recompense, I sent my dad a book called Test Your Dog’s IQ and he revelled in the fact that she aced every test, so much so he didn’t even mind when Caoimhe and Eddie flooded WhatsApp with pictures and videos of her completing each task.

John McCain's dog dies in 'tragic accident'

John McCain's dog dies in 'tragic accident'

Cindy McCain , 64, revealed in an Instagram post on Monday that Burma, the Chesapeake Bay retriever who was given to her late husband as a birthday present years ago, died in a "tragic accident.".

The summer hat that tops them all | Brief letters

The summer hat that tops them all | Brief letters

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