Horses Head to Church for Saint Francis Blessing

Image: Horses wait to be blessed during a mass to honour Saint Francis of Assisi at the Saint Pierre D'Arene church in Nice
Horses wait to be blessed during a mass to honor Saint Francis of Assisi at the Saint Pierre D'Arene church in Nice, France, October 5, 2014.ERIC GAILLARD / Reuters

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Catholic churches around the world honored Saint Francis of Assisi by welcoming animals to receive a special blessing. Saint Francis is considered to be the patron saint of animals and the environment and his feast day is October 4.

A nun and her dog attend a mass at the Saint Pierre D'Arene church to honor the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi in Nice, France, Oct. 5.ERIC GAILLARD / Reuters