Volume 74, Number 23 | Octuber 6 - 12 , 2004

Villager photos by Jennifer Bodrow

Animal house of worship

Dogs, cats and other sundry pets were among the creatures blessed at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery’s 12th annual celebration of St. Francis’ Day last Sunday. Among the sanctified animals shown on this page were Toby, a Chihuahua; Spoof, a guinea pig; and Dolly, a 13-year-old terrier and cancer survivor, shown being blessed, above, by Father Julio Torres, right, and church official George Diaz. Many other Downtown churches also blessed pets on St. Francis’ Day.

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