Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, issued a final clarification on Pope Francis’ brief meeting, downplaying its significance. It's well known that in the past, Pope Francis has been critical of American's fawning over pets.
Fr. Lombardi stated that along with Bo and Sunny, several dozen people were also invited by the Nunciature to greet the Holy Father before he departed for New York City. “Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability,” he stated. “The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.”
“The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of the First Pets and his meeting with them should not be considered a form of support of pets in all of its particular and complex aspects.”
"I have no further comment on this,” Lombardi told journalists, cuddling his own black poodle named Jorgie. - ZaniNews
Vatican insists Pope did not know the dogs
would be presented in audience in advance
of the Assisi blessing of pets.