Catholics brought their pets to be blessed on Sunday during a religious ceremony outside the Saint Francis of Assisi church in downtown Lima.

Fermín Peña, a Franciscan priest, sprinkled the animals and their owners with holy water after the conclusion of mass.

It's an event that has become a yearly occurrence in Peru with blessings, music and dancing.

The "Blessing of the Animals" mass honours St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Locals believe that having their pets blessed will keep them in good health.

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