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    Posted on Oct 7, 2013

    25 Photos Of Adorable Animals Being Blessed Around The World

    Animals around the world received blessings on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

    St. Francis of Assisi was known for his love of animals and every year on his feast day (Oct. 4), Christians around the world bring their pets to church to be blessed in his honor.

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    Vancouver, Canada: Luke the dog awaits his blessing.

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    Vancouver, Canada: Minos the English Mastiff waits his turn.

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    Vancouver, Canada: Minos receives his blessing!

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    Vancouver, Canada: Princess Tiffany the Scarlet Macaw listens to the sermon.

    In Lima, Peru, hundreds of people brought their pets to be blessed by their parish priest.

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    Lima, Peru.

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    Lima, Peru.

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    Lima, Peru.

    Around the world, all animals are welcome, from cats and dogs...

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    Lima, Peru.

    To birds...

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    Lima, Peru.

    To snakes!

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    Manila, Philippines.

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    Manila, Philippines.

    This little guy is excited for his turn!

    Nacho Doce / Reuters

    São Paulo, Brazil.

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    São Paulo, Brazil.

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    São Paulo, Brazil.

    In France, lots of dogs showed up for the special service.

    Eric Gaillard / Reuters

    Nice, France.

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    Nice, France.

    So did cats! Although they were a little suspicious of the dogs.

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    Nice, France.

    Fluffy rabbits made an appearance as well.

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    Nice, France.

    Special blessings were given to injured animals.

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    Nice, France.

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    Nice, France.

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    Nice, France.

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    Nice, France.

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    Nice, France.

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    Nice, France.

    Nacho Doce / Reuters

    Nice, France.

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    Nice, France.

    Here's to an adorable tradition!

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