Speaking of pigs, once upon a time in Velletri, the main city of of the Suburbicarian Diocese of Velletri-Segni, at the Church of St. Anthony the Abbot, I did on this day outside the homonymous church stand in cassock, surplice, stole and biretta and I blessed pigs and horses.
I found a photo page of this event in Velletri.
The photos are not of the year I did this, but they are from Velletri, depicting the same event in another year.
Deus, qui beato Antonio abbati
tribuisti mira tibi in deserto conversatione servire,
eius nobis interventione concede,
ut, abnegantes nosmetipsos,
te iugiter super omnia diligamus
Anyone want to take a crack at this? Be a little careful with that second line.
“But Father! But Father!”, you may be asking, “Why pigs? Are you against Islam? You hate Vatican II, donchyu donchyou!”
The iconography of St. Anthony the Abbot, or Anthony of the Dessert often includes a pig!
Catholics are very cool.