Friday, July 31, 2015

Pope Francis and the guide dog

During a reception with the media, Pope Francis blessed a radio journalist's guide dog.

Pope Francis and the guide dog

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Pope Francis blesses Asia, the guide dog of Italian radio journalist Alessandro Forlani. (Photo by L’Osservatore Romano / Associated Press)

I couldn't resist this picture of Pope Francis blessing Asia, a guide dog belonging to Alessandro Forlani, at a Vatican media session. A visually impaired Italian radio journalist, Forlani was among the permanently accredited Vatican journalists invited to come forward Saturday for a personal greeting.

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George Carter, The Inquirer's weekend national/foreign editor, has always counted dogs among his closest companions. According to family lore, he learned to walk by clinging to the side of a saintly patient mutt named Spanker. In turn, one of his earliest hazy memories is of tossing treats to the family dogs gathered expectantly on the porch of their Maryland farmhouse. It was only natural then, that when George saw a newspaper ad looking for families to raise puppies for the Seeing Eye of Morristown, N.J., he bit at the chance. From the start, it has been a family project, with teenage daughter Betsy as the official puppy-raiser. First there was Porter, a big-hearted yellow Lab born on Memorial Day 2004. A few years later, the Carters raised Velma, a gorgeous Lab/golden cross. Just a couple weeks ago, Velma's 7-week-old daughter Sparkle arrived as the latest family charge. George, Betsy and mom Cathy are thrilled that Sparkle is from Velma's very first litter. You can reach George Carter at 215-854-2411 or by clicking here. Reach George at gcarter@phillynews.com.

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