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


27 January 2013


Author: Daily Mail


Taken from: Daily Mail - 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.

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.

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.