One erroneous news story has equaled thousands of dashed hopes on the part of animal lovers everywhere.
There is no evidence that Francis said "Paradise is open to all of God's creatures," as has been widely reported, nor was there was a boy mourning his dead dog.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
Faith and Justice: If the Catholic church's legal procedures were followed in civil society, they would be condemned as contrary to due process.
NCR Today: Streets of Ferguson erupt; Francis discusses reform inside the Curia; new reality TV show to air featuring religious life; Houston Catholic Charities facing lawsuit
NCR Today: The canonization rite reformed by Pope Paul VI but set aside by Pope Benedict XVI has been returned by Pope Francis for the canonization of six saints Sunday.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' transfer of Cardinal Raymond Burke has intensified yet more irresponsible talk of schism within the Catholic church.
At the close of the first session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI. That Francis moved the author of Humanae Vitae closer to sainthood at a synod on marriage and family should not inspire liberal optimism. But it has.
Making a Difference: "War never again. It is peace, peace which must guide the destinies of peoples and of all mankind."
With Francis, the "somewhat pessimistic basic mood" of the church has given way to a new joy, a spirit of optimism, and a new start, Cardinal Walter Kasper said.