By Stephen Messenger
"In Catholic tradition, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals - so perhaps it's only fitting that one of the newest followers to join his order is quite literally a dog.
The Franciscan monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia, recently announced that a furry pup, named Carmelo, had joined their sacred fold, where he quickly distinguished himself as its cutest member.
In honor of his new position, the dog even earned a more formal title: Friar Bigaton (that's Spanish for "mustache").
He also got a tiny Franciscan habit to wear around his new home.
Prior to being adopted, Friar Bigoton lived as a stray. But now as the monastery's resident pet, things couldn't be better.
"Hi life is all about playing and running," fellow friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. "Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God."
Apparently, running and playing aren't the dog's only duties.
"[Here's] Brother Carmelo preaching to the fish," wrote Franciscan Kasper Maruisz Kapron, who first posted these adorable photos online.
Most importantly, though, Friar Bigoton's biggest role is in helping other pups like him.
Carmelo's adoption was made possible by a local animal rescue group, Proyecto Narices Frias (Cold Nose Project), which hopes his story will serve as an inspiration for more monasteries to open their doors to needy pets.
"If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigoton," the group wrote in a post on Facebook, "we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example."'
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