Following his predecessor JOHN PAUL II's proclamation that animals have souls, Benedict has slammed the practice of factory farming - and McCartney, who was raised a Catholic, is excited by the validation from such an influential source.
In an interview to celebrate People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals' (PETA) 25th anniversary, he says, "God bless him! I think it would be fantastic if someone in his position who's able to reach so many people took a strong stance on that, because one of PETA's strongest points, and one of mine, is compassion.
"That certainly is a basic tenet of the Catholic religion. I think it would be terrific if he took a strong stance and urged people to come out against that kind of thing."