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St. Andrew’s keeps animal blessing tradition

The annual Blessing of the Animals was held Sunday in the sanctuary of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. The ceremony is held in churches throughout the world in early October in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, who is the Patron Saint of Animals. St. Francis believed that all animals, wild and tame, were his brothers and sisters. According to accounts, he could speak to animals. St. Francis lived from 1181 or 1182 to 1226. Two of Roswell's Catholic churches, St. Peter and San Juan el Bautista (St. John the Baptist), belong to the Franciscan order. Blessing the pets are Rev. Dale Plummer, rector of St. Andrew's, and Rev. R.J. "Bud" Milner, deacon. Donations for the Roswell Humane Society were accepted during the event. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

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