One of the ways you find out what’s going on (or has gone on), in Venice, is to keep an eye open for posters around the city.
In Castello, I noticed a poster on the door of the Chiesa San Francesco di Paola, announcing a Benediction Mass for animals at 11:30 on 15 January.
It was a joy to be present. There were about 30 dogs, one cat and a photo of a parrot. The atmosphere was very relaxed. I hadn’t taken my larger camera as I thought it would be too obtrusive, but, boy, was I wrong! People wandered everywhere, taking photos as the mass progressed. The priest took it all in stride, including the loud eruption of barks when the solitary cat entered, safe in her basket.
He was a lovely old bloke, a bit unsteady on his paws.
I had tucked Licorice, the Travelling Koala into my shoulder bag. He was not only blessed, but one dog gave him a big lick, while another wanted to eat him. Licorice likes most things about Venice!