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A stray cat is seen taking care of kittens at the Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey in this image taken from video. [Mustafa Efe/Facebook]

PHOTOS: Istanbul Imam opens mosque doors to stray cats

An Istanbul Imam has earned the adoration of cat-lovers across the world after stories of his kindness to stray cats in Turkey’s largest city spread across the Internet. Mustafa Efe, the Imam at Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque, decided to allow the felines to stay inside the building as the weather became colder. The cats can be seen sitting with worshipers during prayers, standing on the Imam’s shoulder and in one video even caring for a litter of kittens.