DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- If it barks, crawls, slithers, moos or meows, ministers at Duke Chapel will bestow blessings upon it at their annual service.
Pet owners are invited to bring all varieties of animals to Duke Chapel's 23rd annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday.
Since 1989, ministers have blessed a range of pets from horses, iguanas, snakes and ferrets to hedgehogs, calves, goats and goldfish. Cats and dogs have been blessed as well.
The service is held on the Sunday closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis. It takes its inspiration from the 13th-century Italian Catholic friar who lived a life of voluntary poverty and is most known for his love of animals. The friar believed in the ability and duty of all creatures to worship God.