In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 in the village of Lemeshevo, Moscow region, Russian Archpriest Pyotr Dinnikov holds his cat Vasik at Ilynsky church. A group of Christian enthusiasts has released a calendar showing an unexpected face of the Russian Orthodox Church: cat-loving priests. The Priest and Cat calendar released earlier this month by photographer Anna Galperina and editor Ksenia Luchenko shows 12 Orthodox priests at their homes posting with their cats. (AP Photo/Sergei Fedotov)
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Father Pyotr Dynnikov who posed as Mr. February alongside his adopted shelter cats Angola and Vasik said he liked the idea because the calendar lends the church a lighter and less official dimension.