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These Stray Cats Follow This Russian Monastery's Daily Blessings And It So Sweet

"We just wanted to show something simple and kind."

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But one daily prayer ritual at the Eastern Orthodox monastery for men has an unexpected group of devout followers — a band of stray cats.

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Cats have lived at the monastery since it was first founded in the early 19th century, the monastery's website editors told BuzzFeed News.

The daily blessing is intended for the people of the monastery, but the cats follow the procession on their own.

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"We let them live here because we feel their misery," said the editors. "Plus they also protect [the] monastery from rats, mice, and forest snakes."

"There is so much bad and terrible news now in the world," they added. "So we just wanted to show something simple and kind."

Translation provided by BuzzFeed's Victor Stepanov.

Leticia Miranda is a retail reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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