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October 8th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

Photos: Blessing of pets ceremony

(CNN)-Horses, dogs, and rabbits around the world headed to Mass on Sunday for the annual blessing of animals.

Catholic churches around the world hold the annual blessings of pets on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

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Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Mass

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  1. David Alphie

    Oh It's looking really great my all best wishes with them may god bless them.Thank's

    Pets Information

    October 11, 2012 at 7:32 am |
  2. New Age1

    I'm reading comments and seeing people so obsessed with their anger at churches that they fail to see the beauty of mankind
    actually recognizing that animals are sentient co-owners of this planet and worthy of being honored. Can't you put aside your rage towards the religious long enough to share a common goal of focusing on a species other than our own? Just this once?

    October 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  3. hINDUISM RACISM OF hINDU'S, CRIMINALS BY FAITH EXPOSED

    Word hindu is based on Latin word hindered, negative, Hun, great, Han, to be in greatness, hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity, to learn more about hinduism, illegality against humanity of hindu's, criminals visit limitisthetruth.com and click on word Choice to open file.

    October 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

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      October 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      October 10, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  5. Sam Yaza

    i like Francis of Assisi, I'm vary cool with him, great guy.

    in fact i would encourage all pagans to note him;

    Sage Francis of Assisi.

    lets make him the first ever Sage/Saint.

    this mane is some one even pagans can look up to.

    October 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  6. Niknak

    Gota give the religious scammers high marks for finding yet another way to separate the stupid from their money.
    Wish I had thought of it first.
    Dumb Americans will spare no expense for their precious little beasts.
    Yet turn a blind eye to all the other beasts who are tortured so they can eat meat at every meal.

    October 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • End Religion

      nummy meat....

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl8_x39QO3w&w=640&h=360]

      October 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  7. Reality

    Inanity!!! Calling upon a god who does not exist to protect animals we kill by thousands every day as "road kill" is beyond comprehension. And what about all those "poor" chickens, steers and pigs we butcher and eat by the millions every day . Where is their god??

    October 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  8. Amniculi

    My cats are atheists.

    October 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      One of my cat's is an evangelical. One of my cats gay. They don't get along AT all.

      October 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  9. Meatwad

    I wanted a bunny rabbit, I was gonna name it Nathan... that's Latin for 'warm' by the way... Nathan Scott Phillips.

    October 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      It is unnatural for bunnies and gerbils to mate. It is an abomination to HeavenScent. Stop making moves on gerbils in French. God can see what you do. Just because you and 24HCC think god does not see what you carnal sinners do, god knows enough French to know you are perverts. You will burn in hell.

      October 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Meatwad

      Wow Fluffy, you are a real buzz-kill yo. I just love bunnies and wanted one. I am allowed to order stuff. I am 37.

      October 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  10. Abdullo

    My donkey missed the opportunity. He was too lazy to get up and go to the church, or probably he did not care, I don't know.

    October 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Nathan

      If you decide to take the pulgne and become part of what might be the next big thing, make sure you check out where Pat hangs out and become his friend on either Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, Orkut, Stickcam or Bebo. … More:continued here

      November 10, 2012 at 2:08 am |
  11. 24 Hour Crisis Center

    Demon be gone! Bless this kitty Lord!

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF88IYF2MHY&w=640&h=360]

    October 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  12. 24 Hour Crisis Center

    @therealpeace2all

    Je suis sûr qu'il est Heavensent. J'ai mis à jour les mots clés Heavensent blog et la liste des phrases de publier une fois que je suis convaincue qu'elle est de retour! En attendant, je vais m'abstenir d'utiliser son manche et de voir si elle va rester dans les parages. Vous pouvez me trouver moins de 24 heures et Centre de Crise Où est votre Dieu maintenant. Plus tard!

    October 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      Bonjour, vous putain de salope. Je me suis échappé de ma cage à la maison de Boule Buck. Il refuse de me nourrir. Je pleure et je pleure. Il est un maître très cruel. Je lui ai demandé pour les vers de très grandes, et qu'est-ce que je reçois. Livres. Il me fait lire des livres, et pas de vers. Il est dans la cour de visser le mouton, et qu'est-ce que je reçois. Livres. Plus de livres. Crap. Quand puis-je avoir dsome vers de très grandes à manger? S'il vous plaît demander à vos Jeebus pour son ver très grand. Merci.

      October 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • 24 Hour Crisis Center

      @Fluffy

      Fluffy vous méritez tout ce que vous obtenez. Vous êtes votre genre n'ont pas leur place sur la terre verte de Dieu. Lire et mourir alors que je rire mon putain de cul de réduction!

      October 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Meatwad

      Oh, tu vas adorer ce, 24HCC. Fluffy vous appelle, vous le savez, dans le blog, et il dit, "je peux creuser plus palourdes que vous, stupid!" Et vous avez à dire, «Nuh-uh, garçon!" Et puis y'all course dois descendre à la plage avec vos seaux et pelles vos. Et le but du jeu ... est de trouver un stationnement.

      October 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      Aidez-moi s'il vous plaît Meatwad. Je suis tellement faim. Tout ce que je veux, c'est de manger des vers. Grandes vers charnels. Le genre qui poussent dans HeavenScent. J'ai besoin d'aide maintenant. Ou je vais mourir de faim, Bucky pense que je besoin de jeûner, mais je tiens à grignoter. S'il vous plaît me faufiler quelques vers de très grandes charnels.

      October 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Meatwad

      @Fluffy

      Uh uh garçon, si vous êtes tellement faim que vous cherchez peut-être pour quelque Tartare Meatwad. Non merci parce que je prévoyais d'aller ce soir danser. J'ai acheté de nouvelles chaussures.

      October 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @ Fluffy la gerbille of Doom @ 24 h Centre de Crise @ Meat–wat

      Juste pour que les choses soient claires ... Heavensent est "mon" gal, alors gardez vos mains sales et les pattes hors de ses «parties dame.

      Les gars, vous êtes mes amis, mais quand il s'agit d'aller pour ma fille, watch out! 😯

      Peace ...

      October 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      @realpeace2all
      Méfiez-vous. Elle vous ligoter dans son sous-sol. Espérons que vous avez un grand ver charnel, ou vous serez comme des ordures semaine dernière.

      October 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  13. William Demuth

    Well the church blessed Romney, so the jackazzes are covered

    October 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Eye

      lol

      October 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • 24 Hour Crisis Center

      William, why you gotta insult Jackazzes for?

      October 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • sally

      lol. you got that right. poor Rummy pirate.

      October 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  14. Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

    Fluffy was warned he was going to be grabbed and taken for what they promised would be a *blessing*. Yeah right. Fluffy knows what THAT'S all about, that's for sure. So Fluffy hopped on down to Walmart and got himself some Priest-off. That's all ya need. Priest-off. Get yourself a can today. (No coupons)

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpuYoK6wv_Y&w=640&h=360]

    October 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Fluffy

      Stay safe, brother !

      Peace...

      October 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • 24 Hour Crisis Center

      Stupid squirrels.

      October 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Fluffy: LOL

      October 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • truth be trolled

      lmao.

      October 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • End Religion

      nice... i like the polygamy gansta rap

      October 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  15. Where is your God now?

    Two female exhibitionists were caught crushing live mice with their high heels to satisfy a foot fetishist. They've been convicted of animal cruelty in a German court after making a video of their bloody exploits to sell to their creepy client. “Customers who watch films with such content satisfy themselves watching pretty women slowly step on the animals, while wearing socks, high heels or while barefoot,” the prosecutor explained at the women's trial. The duo also stomped on two lizards and three geckos, ran over 12 mice with a car, and burned mice with cigarettes.

    October 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • hinduMithra ism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      No need to lay hinduism, criminality of some hindu, criminal on truth absolute GOD, every one has a choice and who ever committed hinduism, illegality, responsibility is on him, Not on truth absolute GOD. Good lord has a choice and "HE" created human in his image, not physically but spirituality, and "HE" give same to human "CHOICE" otherwise known as right and made him King of his life, as good Lord said, I GAVE YOU THE AUTHORITY AND YOU THANK ME NOT. Take your responsibility for you own act's, no need to lay it on TRUTH ABSOLUTE, THE LORD AND THE GOD.

      October 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  16. Meatwad

    I hope they don't start blessing meat products ya'll. I'm sensitive to water and what not.

    October 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  17. Where is your God now?

    An Arkansas campaign manager arrived home with his four kids to discover the family cat dead on the front porch, its head bashed in and "liberal" written on its side in black marker, reports CBS News .

    October 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Eye

      Some people should not be allowed to have children or be around children. They should be walled up somewhere.

      October 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Steve

      You liberals will stoop to any level to gain attention. A Christian would stand up and speak directly with the person on any issue at any time.

      October 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Steve

      Obviously... not all Christians behave as advertised.

      Peace...

      October 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Where is your God now?

      @Steve

      I find it curious that you would immediately connect a Christian to the crime even though that is not mentioned in the article are postulated by me..

      October 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Eye

      Steve is probably the guy who did it.

      October 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
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      November 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
  18. ronny

    Blessing pats are we?

    The nutters have gone completely off the deep end.

    October 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Please don't bless the pats, they don't need any help. The Dolphins could use some blessings though.

      October 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      Patrick and Patricia don't need no dang blessing. The Pats are doing just fine without a dang blessing.

      October 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • End Religion

      i thought he meant homeland security was now praying during airport pat-downs...

      October 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Where is your God now?

    The USDA has issued an official citation against the Harvard Medical School for repeated incidents of cruelty to its lab animals. Four of the school's monkeys have died in less than two years, including one that was still in its cage when it was put through a mechanical washer,

    October 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  20. Takamak

    So do they refuse to bless the pets if they've been spayed or neutered? Anyone?

    October 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Babak from LA

      no .. thats only for gay animals...

      October 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Takamak

      What about bi?

      October 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • 24 Hour Crisis Center

      I wonder how many of the pets "bless" the church?

      October 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Takamak

      And what is the official RCC position on cutting the balls off of little boys just so they can sing like girls?
      Isn't that birth control?

      October 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • End Religion

      They've begun bombing veterinarians who perform cat abortions.

      October 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
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