As mentioned in my previous post, many Christians celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4 @ https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/world-animal-day-2014/
To honour this day, people accompanied by a procession of animals participate in a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.
As you probably know, the new Pope, born Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina, is the first Pope to choose as his namesake Francis of Assisi, the 13th century patron saint of the poor.
TIME magazine was so impressed with the humility and emphasis on the poor shown by Pope Francis that it named him Person of the year (2013).
Hopefully this will not be the first and last public act of kindness shown towards animals by Pope Francis.
Sadly, though, it is traditional for the Pope to wear fur.
Pope Benedict XVI wore a red velvet hat trimmed with white ermine fur.
This type of hat was commonly worn by popes in the medieval period to keep their heads warm during winter.
For special occasions a red velvet , ermine-trimmed cape called a mozetta should be worn. Pope Benedict wore this type of cloak.
This is an ermine in the wild.
Millions of ermine are bred and farmed under horrendous conditions just to be fur trim. This is cruel and unnecessary.
Pope Francis has shunned Vatican tradition in favour of a simpler life style.
Although it was stated in the name of humility, he said that “ Solid gold rings, velvet capes and ermine furs are out”.
See link: http://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/style/fashion/pope-francis-shakes-up-vatican-fashion-1.1488818#.UguSpZJgeVJ.
There was even a petition to Pope Francis requesting that he stop wearing fur. This petition is now closed.
There are, however, other animal rights petitions addressed to Pope Francis in the hope that he will live up to his namesake, Francis of Assisi.
These petitions are below: