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Blessed are the Pets? Mary Dzon Discusses Francis of Assisi and the History of Saints and Pet Blessings

The Conversation recently featured Associate Professor Mary Dzon‘s article discussing the history and ritual surrounding the blessing of animals for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. While St. Francis is traditionally associated with the practice, Dr. Dzon also explores the other saints associated with the blessing of animals and questions what St. Francis would think about our pet-focused culture.