An Italian Dog Named Ciccio Goes To Mass Everyday At Dead Owner’s Church in search of reunion or simply to pay respects.
The Daily Mail reported that before her death in November, Maria Margherita Lochi would go to church every day with Ciccio her 7-year-old German Shepherd. According to the Telegraph, Ciccio still turns up to the Santa Maria Assunta church in the village of San Donaci in Puglia.
The Santa Maria Assunta church held Lochi’s funeral, during which Ciccio followed the coffin as it was carried inside. Now, he’s a daily visitor.
“He’s there every time I celebrate mass and is very well behaved,” Father Donato Panna told the Daily Mail. “He doesn’t make a sound.”
According to Sud Italia News, he sits beneath the altar, near the priest.
“His hope is to see his beloved Maria, the person who he accompanied everywhere, even in church,” the paper reported.
According to the Daily Mail, Lochi took in several strays, but Ciccio was thought to be her favourite. The dog’s routine has made an impact on villagers, who have began feeding him, giving him water and shelter in a covered area outside the church.
It’s not the first time dogs have impressed readers with their loyalty, either.