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Blessing of the animals at Pets Lifeline

The feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, is celebrated on October 4. So on Wednesday, Father Alvin Villaruel, from St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, blessed the pets of around a dozen locals at Pets Lifeline on 8th St. East. Father Alvin then toured the facility and blessed every animal currently living at the sanctuary. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

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Father Alvin Villaruel blesses local pets