For over 30 years, The Basilica of Saint Mary in downtown Minneapolis has welcomed animals into their pews for a blessing. The tradition of blessing the animals takes place on the first Sunday in October and commemorates the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi — the patron saint of peace, ecology, and animals — and his love for all creation.
John Paul II's papacy was dramatic and historic on many fronts. Speaking of Faith explores some of the critical religious issues of his 26 years as pontiff and discusses the great and contradictory impact he made on the Catholic Church in America and abroad. Host Krista Tippett speaks with NPR's senior European correspondent Sylvia Poggioli, priest and author Donald Cozzens, and Yale theologian Margaret Farley.
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