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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Jan. 16, 2013, in honor of St. Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of St. Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses along the streets of the small village.
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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    Cardinal Angelo Comastri blesses horses in front of St. Peter?s Basilica, Jan. 17, 2013, in Vatican City. Every year, during the feast of St. Anthony, the traditional blessing of the animals is celebrated.
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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    Horsemen ride their horses in front of St. Peter?s Basilica, during the feast of St. Anthony, a day devoted to the blessing of the animals, Jan. 17, 2013 in Vatican City.
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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    A nun pets a horse in front of St. Peter?s Basilica, during the traditional day of blessing of the animals Jan. 17, 2013. The rituals take place all over Italy.
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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    A man poses with his dog in front of a cow outside St. Peter?s Basilica, during the feast of St. Anthony, a day devoted to the blessing of the animals, Jan. 17, 2013, in Vatican City.
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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    Cardinal Angelo Comastri blesses a dog in front of St. Peter?s Basilica, during the feast of St. Anthony, Jan. 17, 2013 in Vatican City.
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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    A man feeds a horse in front of St. Peter?s Basilica, during a traditional day of blessing of the animals, Jan. 17, 2013 in Vatican City.
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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Jan. 16, 2013. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses through the streets of San Bartolome during the 'Luminarias.' The festival dates back 500 years; the bonfire smoke is thought to purify the animals and protect them for the year to come.
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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    Cardinal Angelo Comastri blesses turkeys in front of St. Peter?s Basilica, Jan. 17, 2013 in Vatican City.
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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    Dog owner Carolyn, from Michigan, holds her Maltese poodle Nina as she attends a blessing of the animals ceremony, in front of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Jan. 17, 2013. The Vatican organized a mid-morning mass to bless farm animals and the people who work with them.
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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi blesses horses in front of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Jan. 17 , 2013.
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  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Jan. 16, 2013, on the eve of Saint Anthony's Day.
    Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo
  • Vatican Annual Blessing of Animals

    Farmers ride their horses during a parade in front of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on the occasion of St. Anthony (the patron saint of animals) Day, Jan. 17, 2013, Italy. The Vatican organized a mid-morning mass to bless farm animals and the people who work with them.
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