In the way of the catholic tradition, Saint Francis of Assisi was the patron saint of animals and so it is only fitting that one of his latest followers join his ranks is quite literally an adorable dog.
The Franciscan monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia recently announced that a dog by the name of Carmelo was recently anointed as a friar. In fact, they want a step further and created a Franciscan habit specially made for a dog, and renaming him Friar Bigotón (Spanish for mustache).
Life wasn’t always dandy for Carmel. Prior to being adopted, he cut his teeth as a stray on the mean streets of Cochabamba. However today, as a monastery pet, things couldn’t have been better. Friar Jorge Fernandez said,
“His life is all about playing and running. Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”
Carmelo’s adoption was made possible by Proyecto Narices Frías (Cold Nose Project), an organization with a mission to get more monasteries across the globe to open their doors to pets, and other needs animals. The group wrote in a Facebook post recently,
“If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón. We are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.”