Dog is blessed

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A prayer for pets

A dog is blessed by Father Gil Florini on Oct. 6 during a mass honoring St. Francis of Assisi — the patron saint of animals — at Saint-Pierre-d'Arene's church in Nice, France.

Pet owners gathered at their local Catholic church this weekend for a special blessing in honor of St. Francis' feast day. Meanwhile, Pope Francis, who adopted his name from the animal loving saint, traveled to Assisi on Friday to honor his namesake's legacy.
 

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Animal blessing

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Animal blessing

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Animal blessing

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