Peace doves set free from pope’s window attacked by seagull

Peace doves set free from pope’s window attacked by seagull, crow as crowd of thousands watch

Almost to the Day  the same event took place with Pope Benedict XVI exactly one year ago. A Sign Of The Times!

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Pope Francis looks at two children as they free doves during the Angelus prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Pope Francis has called for “constructive dialogue” between Ukraine’s authorities and its people, urging all to renounce violence in the upheaval convulsing their country. Speaking from a window of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican to thousands of faithful in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said he was praying for Ukraine, especially for those who have lost their lives in recent days. He appealed on Sunday for “the spirit of peace and the search for the common good” to prevail in the eastern European nation. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  2014cbec519babe804034a0f6a706700925c.jpg

Pope Francis looks at two children as they free doves during the Angelus prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Pope Francis has called for “constructive dialogue” between Ukraine’s authorities and its people, urging all to renounce violence in the upheaval convulsing their country. Speaking from a window of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican to thousands of faithful in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said he was praying for Ukraine, especially for those who have lost their lives in recent days. He appealed on Sunday for “the spirit of peace and the search for the common good” to prevail in the eastern European nation. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)6eb1efc5ac0b04034a0f6a7067008c1a.jpg

A dove which was freed by children flanked by Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer, is chased by a black crow in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Symbols of peace have come under attack at the Vatican. Two white doves were sent fluttering into the air as a peace gesture by Italian children flanking Pope Francis Sunday at an open studio window of the Apostolic Palace, as tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square below. After the pope and the two children left the windows, a seagull and a big black crow quickly swept down, attacking the doves, including one which had briefly perched on a windowsill on a lower floor. One dove lost some feathers as it broke free of the gull, while the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. The doves’ fate was not immediately known. While speaking at the window, Francis appealed for peace to prevail in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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A dove which was freed by children flanked by Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer, is chased by a black crow in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Symbols of peace have come under attack at the Vatican. Two white doves were sent fluttering into the air as a peace gesture by Italian children flanking Pope Francis Sunday at an open studio window of the Apostolic Palace, as tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square below. After the pope and the two children left the windows, a seagull and a big black crow quickly swept down, attacking the doves, including one which had briefly perched on a windowsill on a lower floor. One dove lost some feathers as it broke free of the gull, while the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. The doves’ fate was not immediately known. While speaking at the window, Francis appealed for peace to prevail in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

VATICAN CITY –  Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds.

As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace.

One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove.

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NOW LAST YEAR’S REPORT! 

Pope’s dove of peace almost ends in pieces: Seagull attacks bird seconds after Pontiff releases it from Vatican balcony   –  2013

Releasing a dove is a symbolic appeal for peace. But when the Pope tried it yesterday, it led to quite a flap. 

Nobody had bargained on a resident seagull who apparently hadn’t been listening to the Holy Father’s sermon. 

It swooped in and attacked the bird of peace as soon as Pope Benedict XVI released the dove from a balcony at the Vatican.

Anticipation: Pope Benedict XVI holds the dove of peace up to the sunlight moments before it is released into the air above expectant pilgrims

Message of hope: A boy (right) releases the dove of peace next to Pope Benedict XVI during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican

Message of hope: A  young boy (right) releases the dove of peace next to the Pope during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican
Ascendency: Young people from Youth Catholic Action look on as the dove takes flight in what was meant to be a symbolic moment

Ascendency: Young people from Youth Catholic Action look on as the dove takes flight in what was meant to be a symbolic moment

Watched by thousands of pilgrims below the fearsome gull, leading with its beak, chased and harried  the terrified dove as it tried to escape among the ancient pillars and porticos.

 Some 2,000 youngsters from Rome had marched to St Peter’s Square for the annual ‘Caravan of Peace’ which takes place on the last Sunday of January and finishes with the release of two white doves by the Pope shortly after the Angelus prayer.  
The poetic moment takes a turn for the worse as the seagull swoops upon the unsuspecting dove

The poetic celebration takes a turn for the worse as the seagull swoops upon the unsuspecting dove 
The crowd watched as the dove flapped and ducked the seagull's attacks looking for a hiding place among the coves and inlets of the Vatican facades

The crowd watched as the dove flapped and ducked the seagull’s attacks looking for a hiding place among the coves and inlets of the Vatican facades

It is not the first time the Pope’s prayers have not protected his birds of peace. Last year the two doves he released turned tail and flew straight back in through the open window. 

‘They want to stay in the Pope’s home,’ Benedict had said. 

What he had to say about yesterday’s  kerfuffle was not known. But someone must have said a quick little prayer, as the dove eventually made good  its escape.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2269255/Popes-dove-peace-ends-pieces-Seagull-attacks-bird-seconds-Pontiff-

 

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