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(B)rays of sunshine bring faith, healing

Joseph Rose, executive director at Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall, got a nuzzle from Fern the donkey. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

WEST CORNWALL —  For donkeys, the Christmas holidays are the season to shine, as they take a starring role in pageants and nativities around the world.

It would be an understatement to say that during the rest of the year donkeys don’t get much respect. In China especially, they are slaughtered for their skin, which is melted down into a gelatin and used in cosmetics and medicines.

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