This annual mass is for
the “Blessing of the Animals”
Location: Lima, Peru
The event honors the patron saint of animals,
St. Francis of Assisi
DOG OWNER, MAGALY ROJAS, SAYING:
"I'm very excited because he's a part of my family. Like the writer Rosa Montero used to say - I can't conceive life without dogs."
Last year, the mass was cancelled
PRIEST, REINALDO GAMARRA, SAYING:
"We have decided to resume this activity. Because of COVID-19 all of the liturgic acts of blessings, mass, baptisms have been stopped. The blessing of pets is a tradition and we wanted to reunite with our parishioners and with these little animals."
Saint Francis was born in Italy in 1182
He founded the Catholic order of the Franciscans