Pope: You can’t love your pet and be indifferent to poor

People in need deserve more love from us than our pets do, Pope Francis has said.

In off-the-cuff remarks on Saturday at St Peter’s Square, he said: “How often do we see people greatly attached to cats, to dogs”, but fail to “help their neighbour, their neighbour who is in need . . . This will not do”.

Francis spoke about compassion, pity, and mercy which should not “be confused with compassion which we feel for the animals who live with us”.

“It happens, in fact, that at times one feels this sentiment toward animals, and remains indifferent to the suffering of one’s brothers and sisters,” he added.

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