Mexican faithfuls bless their pets on Saint Anthony Day

STORY: Location: Mexico City

These pets were blessed by a priest in Mexico

on the Day of St Anthony the Abbott, the patron saint of animals

The Catholic tradition was brought to Mexico during Spanish colonial rule in the 1500s

A priest sprinkles them with holy water to protect them from misfortune and danger

[Armando, Xochimilco resident]

“They’re part of our family. If he is unwell, I think we are doing badly as well. We are doing good if he is good. It’s mainly the importance we give them. We know how to love them.”