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The St. Francis Blessing Of The Animals (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 03:15 PM ET

At this time every year, people bring their animals along with them to church to get blessed by Catholic priests. This ceremony commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, who was born on October 4. He is known for showing compassion towards all living things; he may have even preached to birds! Check out these photos of animals getting blessed from years' past and vote for which one you think is truly a blessing.

Siberian Tiger In Paris, France
 
A Siberian male tiger at the American Cathedral in Paris.
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