A deacon blesses a guinea pig in the Holy Heart church in Schiedam
A deacon blesses a guinea pig in the Holy Heart church in Schiedam October 4, 2009. Catholic churches around the world hold ceremonies honouring animals on October 4 every year in commemoration of the death of Saint Francis of Assisi. St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, died on October 3, 1226 and was canonized in 1228. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen (NETHERLANDS ANIMALS SOCIETY RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E5CT1JEY01.