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Offbeat Owners present pets to Philippines priest for blessing

13:25  07 october  2019
13:25  07 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Pet owners raised their furry friends as a priest sprinkled holy water on the menagerie. “They are like humans to us, so we need to have them blessed and More than 100 pets were brought in for this year’s religious and blessing ceremony. Anna Padrilao, a cat owner , said it was only right that her

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"We do the blessing of the animals every year because it's a good reminder for us on how God's divinity is also present in all creatures," said parish priest "We had him blessed for his health; so he won't get sick and he will be good," she said. Cora Young had her eight-year-old dog blessed for

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Pet owners raised their furry friends as a priest sprinkled holy water on the menagerie.

"They are like humans to us, so we need to have them blessed and make sure they do not get sick, and continue being with me," said Filipino dog owner Ram de Castro, while carrying his pet dressed in Miss Universe-inspired red evening gown.

More than 100 pets were brought in for this year's religious and blessing ceremony.

Anna Padrilao, a cat owner, said it was only right that her pet gets blessed because he is also a creation of God.

"Animals should be treasured the same way as humans", she said.

World Animal Day, a day of action recognized worldwide for animal rights and welfare, is celebrated on Oct. 4, the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi.

(Reporting by Peter Blaza; Writing by Karen Lema; Editing by Alison Williams)

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