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Bolivian priest blesses beloved pups

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 01:25

Catholic faithful and their dogs flock to church in El Alto, Bolivia to receive blessings for their blessed pets. Gavino Garay reports.

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They say all dogs go to heaven. Pups and their owners come from far and wide to receive their blessings from father Obbermaier at this El Alto church in Bolivia. They're honoring the day of Saint Roch, the patron Saint of Dogs. Antonia says her furry friend gets sick a lot -- and hopes father Obbermaier can help her dog get better. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EL ALTO RESIDENT, ANTONIA LEUCA, SAYING: "I wanted to have her blessed so that she won't get sick because she gets sick all the time. She is like my daughter. She is the sister of my daughters." But the holy water isn't all too elegant -- the priest uses a mop and bucket to bless each dog. And the line for a blessing is expansive. All shapes and sizes, they're all God's dogs, father Obbermaier says. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FATHER SEBASTIAN OBBERMAIER, SAYING: "God loves us, he loves the dogs, the small children, the adults." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FATHER SEBASTIAN OBBERMAIER, SAYING: "God, we give you thanks for these dogs that you have constructed and created that accompany so many families, adults and children. Thank you God." Saint Roch's death is commemorated each year on August 16.

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Bolivian priest blesses beloved pups

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 01:25