Story coming out of Vatican City this morning about a special Papal blessing bestowed upon Asia, a very lucky Golden Retriever, who is a service dog for Italian journalist Alessandro Forlani. Mr. Forlani was the last journalist to be on stage with the Holy Father. He asked for a blessing for his wife and daughter, but was surprised when Pope Francis chose to give the blessing to Asia instead. Four paws up and a tail wags for Pope Francis for being a kindred spirit to our four-legged friends!
Even Pope Francis is evolving on LGBT rights. Let's be honest, though, the Catholic church has a long way to go toward full equality. The Pope Francis quote isn't going to end persecution of the LGBT community in Catholicism. Still, it's a big deal for the Pope to say what he did considering how anti-LGBT the Catholic church has been. It's a start--and lets hope the first of many changes from the Catholic church.