Snakes alive, that's some service!
October 06 2003 at 02:34AM
Manila - A python named Samantha, a cockatoo and a cage of scorpions are not your typical churchgoers, but dozens of Roman Catholic devotees were allowed to bring their pets for blessing in a Manila church.
The annual ceremony commemorates St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. It coincided with the World Animal Day, celebrated by animal lovers worldwide.
Most of the congregation at the Remedios Church brought along domesticated pets like cats and dogs, but it was 5m-long Samantha that got the attention of churchgoers. The 210kg snake was carried up the aisle by three men and sprinkled with holy water by Father Francis Carey. - Sapa-AP
This article was originally published on page 3 of The Mercury
on October 06, 2003