Dog is blessed Photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

A prayer for pets

A dog is blessed by Father Gil Florini 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 for a special blessing in honor of St. Francis' feast day.

Animal blessing Photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Animal blessing Photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Animal blessing Photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Dog bless you: Catholic church celebrates pets
Furry, feathered and scaly creatures around the world gather in their local Catholic churches to receive a blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.