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Pope alerts: Pope Francis' peace doves attacked, Pope John Paul's blood stolen

ABC News
ABC News
Pope Francis looks on as two children release doves at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday.

The new week has not opened so well for Popes. The Associated Press reported on Jan. 26 that doves released at the Vatican Sunday were attacked by rogue birds in front of thousands of spectators. This release came shortly before another report from the AP, released today, stated that a vial of the late Pope John Paul’s II blood was stolen.

Pope Francis and two children on Sunday released peace doves from Apostolic Palace in St. Peter’s Square. The symbolic gesture was in conjunction with the Angelus prayer, but a gull and a crow attacked the birds, quickly overtaking the ceremony.

“One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove,” states the AP report.

Some have considered the action a bad omen for the Pope and his push for peace. Others see the incident as nothing more than a couple of hungry birds.

In other news, Vatican Radio decried a "sacrilegious theft" after a vial containing the blood of Pope John Paul II was reported stolen from an Italian church.

Italian police speculate that the blood was absconded by thieves who plan to use it for Satanic rituals. The blood was taken from the Church of San Pietro della Ienca in the Abruzzo mountainous region in central Italy, where the late Pope was known to take holidays.

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