In a fitting image for a pope inspired by the patron saint of animals, Francis bent down to caress the dog.
He said, ‘and a special blessing for you dog too.’ He broke the ceremonial rules as my presence on stage with Asià wasn’t previously arranged,” Forlani said.
A yellow Labrador Retriever was among the firsts privileged to receive a physical blessing from Pope Francis’s hands this weekend.
Images: Asià, the yellow Labrador guide dog (top) and receiving a blessing from Pope Francis. Credit: Rossella Lorenzi