The Pope’s visit to the U.S. prompted the Daily Dachshund to do a little digging on the holy father’s relationship to dogs. This MSNBC report from 2005 revealed that Pope Benedict is “the proud owner of Chico, a black-and-white domestic short hair that lives at the pope’s home in the Bavarian town of Tübingen, Germany.” As far as the Daily Doxie can tell he’s never had a dog.
Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, told MSNBC he believes cats are perfect pets for clergymen “because they are wonderful companions. There is almost a spirituality about them. Their presence is very soothing.”
MSNBC also lists some previous popes’ pets:
Pope Leo XII had a dog and a cat. Pope Pius XII kept caged birds in the papal apartment and a goldfish named Gretchen. Pope Paul VI is said to have once dressed his cat in a feline version of cardinal robes.
But currently, Pope Benedict XVI must abide by the rule against pets in Vatican apartments “although one cardinal has a dog and everyone in Rome knows it,” says Mahony.
Name that dog-owning Cardinal and help the Daily Doxie get a scoop!