Ill omen? Pope’s doves of peace for Ukraine attacked by angry birds
Prophetic Sign? Pope Francis Releases Peace Dove and Black Crow Attacks Instantly!
Edited time: January 27, 2014 10:39
Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for the start of a “constructive dialogue” in Ukraine, releasing two white doves to symbolize the hope for peace. However, the doves were immediately attacked by a crow and a seagull.
Addressing tens of thousands of people gathered in Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square for the Pope’s weekly Angelus prayer, the pontiff said that his thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the Ukrainian unrest.
“I am close to Ukraine in prayer, in particular to those who have lost their lives in recent days and to their families,” Pope Francis said.
He then raised hopes for a “constructive dialogue between the institutions and civil society,” urging both sides to avoid violence and reminding that “the spirit of peace and a search for the common good” should be “in the hearts of all.”
In a symbolic peace gesture, two white doves were then released by children standing alongside Pope Francis.
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But as soon as the birds took off, they were immediately attacked by a crow and a seagull.
Pope’s dove of peace almost ends in pieces: Seagull attacks bird seconds after Pontiff releases it from Vatican balcony
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 young boy (right) releases the dove of peace next to the Pope during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican
The poetic celebration takes a turn for the worse as the seagull swoops upon the unsuspecting dove