Saint Anthony's Day- Vatican annual 'Blessing of Animals'

Saint Anthony's Day- Vatican annual 'Blessing of Animals'

Credit: (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)

A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, Jan. 16, 2013. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses through the streets of San Bartolome during the 'Luminarias.' The festival dates back 500 years; the bonfire smoke is thought to purify the animals and protect them for the year to come. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)

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by ABC News

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Posted on January 17, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 12:57 AM

Images from the Vatican's annual 'Blessing of Animals,' also known as Saint Anthony's Day.

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