Pope Francis gives a weekly speech on Wednesdays. Last week, the news media went into a frenzy, after Pope Francis confirmed that animals go to Heaven. Specifically, he said, "One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all God’s creatures." You'll recognize that the first sentence comes directly from the Bible. It's the part where Saint Paul comforts a boy, after his dog died.
Two problems with this news story:
Problem #1: Saint Paul never said that.
Problem #2: Pope Francis never said that.
You can watch or read the Pope's speech. You can also read the Bible to confirm that the "Saint Paul comforts a crying boy" passage is made up. What we have here is a fake quotation, in a fake quotation.
Still, do animals go to Heaven? The Catholic Church has no official answer on the topic. People easily agree that animal souls are different from human souls, but people disagree if animal souls survive, after they die. I prefer the theory that says it's possible for animals to exist in Heaven, but they are most likely different animals from the ones that died on Earth.
Some people give the sentimental argument that pets must exist in Heaven, because otherwise, they would be sad. That's theologically inaccurate, since it gives more importance to animals than God. If your happiness depends on a pet, then you are not in Heaven. If your happiness depends on God, then you are in Heaven.