Photos: Blessing of pets ceremony

Gil Florini, priest of St.-Pierre-d'Arene Church, blesses a horse during a Mass dedicated to animals to honor the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, October 7, in Nice, France. Catholic churches around the world hold annual blessings of pets on the feast day of Francis, the patron saint of animals. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/world/photography/index.html' target='_blank'>Check out more of CNN's best photography.</a>

Gil Florini, priest of St.-Pierre-d'Arene Church, blesses a horse during a Mass dedicated to animals to honor the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, October 7, in Nice, France. Catholic churches around the world hold annual blessings of pets on the feast day of Francis, the patron saint of animals. Check out more of CNN's best photography.