Blessing of the animals

Chihuahuas Lillybell and Sweet Pea before being blessed by Cardinal <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PERLL000141" title="Roger M. Mahony" href="/topic/religion-belief/christianity/roman-catholicism/roger-m.-mahony-PERLL000141.topic">Roger Mahony</a> at the annual Blessing of the Animals in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony, which takes place each year on the day before <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="12014002" title="Easter" href="/topic/religion-belief/easter-12014002.topic">Easter Sunday</a>, is held in recognition of the services that other species provide to humans.
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( ROBYN BECK, AFP/GETTY IMAGES / April 11, 2009 )

Chihuahuas Lillybell and Sweet Pea before being blessed by Cardinal Roger Mahony at the annual Blessing of the Animals in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony, which takes place each year on the day before Easter Sunday, is held in recognition of the services that other species provide to humans.

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