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Blessing of the animals

A woman holds her dogs as a priest blesses them outside Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 4, 2018. Pet owners bring their animals to be blessed every year on the day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A woman holds her dogs as a priest blesses them outside Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 4, 2018. Pet owners bring their animals to be blessed every year on the day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron...more

A woman holds her dogs as a priest blesses them outside Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 4, 2018. Pet owners bring their animals to be blessed every year on the day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Dogs are seen with their owners at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Dogs are seen with their owners at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Dogs are seen with their owners at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
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A woman prays as she holds her dog after getting it blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A woman prays as she holds her dog after getting it blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A woman prays as she holds her dog after getting it blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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A woman prays next to her dog after getting it blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A woman prays next to her dog after getting it blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A woman prays next to her dog after getting it blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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A dog dressed in costume is seen during a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

A dog dressed in costume is seen during a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

A dog dressed in costume is seen during a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
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A woman receives a consecrated wafer from a priest as she holds her dog before getting it blessed at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A woman receives a consecrated wafer from a priest as she holds her dog before getting it blessed at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A woman receives a consecrated wafer from a priest as she holds her dog before getting it blessed at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
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People pray as they hold their dogs after getting them blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

People pray as they hold their dogs after getting them blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

People pray as they hold their dogs after getting them blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
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Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
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A paraplegic dog in a wheelchair is seen at the entrance of Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A paraplegic dog in a wheelchair is seen at the entrance of Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A paraplegic dog in a wheelchair is seen at the entrance of Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Pet owners attend a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
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Children play with their dog during a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Children play with their dog during a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

Children play with their dog during a religious and blessing ceremony outside the San Francisco Church in Lima, Peru. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
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A woman prays as she holds her dog after getting it blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A woman prays as she holds her dog after getting it blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A woman prays as she holds her dog after getting it blessed by a priest at Sao Francisco de Assis (Saint Francis of Assisi) Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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