(1991) The annual blessing of the animals to honor St. Francis of Assisi here at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York drew some special guests. Seen in the middle is the Rev. Joan Campbell, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, and Sen. Albert Gore of Tennessee on the far right. The annual event at the Episcopal church draws hundreds of New Yorkers, who bring their house pets to be blessed by church officials. Religion News Service file photo