Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Pope's doves attacked: Crow and sea gull attack doves children released

See also

The Pope's doves were attacked, concluding the "Caravan of Peace." Pope Francis was with two children who released white doves from the window of the Apostolic Palace as a symbol of peace. USA Today reports Jan. 27 that a sea gull and a black crow were not fond of the idea and attacked the two unsuspecting doves.

Thousands witnessed the pope's doves being attacked at St. Peter's Square on Sunday. One of the birds was able to escape from the sea gull with only a few feathers being lost. The other dove was getting quite a pecking from the crow, however. Both doves got away, but it is unclear to what extent their injuries were.

The boy was bothered by the doves' attack and Pope Francis comforted him by embracing and patting his head. The girl was amused by the whole spectacle.

It was quite the oxymoron having the doves attacked when their whole sign is being that of peace. In a lot of ways it also symbolizes how it can be in real life. Those trying to make peace are often met with resistance or some form of violence. It's unfortunate that the pope's doves were attacked but hopefully they were not too badly harmed.



  • Israel, Hamas clash in Gaza
    Hamas claims to have captured an IDF soldier on the bloodiest day of the conflict
  • Missing bodies
    38 bodies have not been found from the MH17 debris field in eastern Ukraine
    World News
  • Peeping Toms in NSA?
    Has the NSA seen you naked? Edward Snowden says it's not unlikely
  • Autism study
    The newest, largest study on autism suggests that it mostly has to do with genetics
  • McIlroy takes Open
    Rory McIlroy hangs onto the lead and wins the 2014 British Open
  • $23 billion payout
    A jury sides with the widow of a smoker, tobacco company shells out $23 billion

Related Videos:

  • The Siberian sinkhole at the “end of the world” is 262 feet wide, up to 300 feet deep, and it has scientists perplexed as to what might have caused such a terrifying hole. While the origin of the Siberian sinkhole is currently being investigated by a grou
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518330038" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Demystifying the giant 'End of the World' hole in Siberia: So what is it?
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518330038" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Native American tribe cancels Ted Nugent show over past racist comments
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518259513" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>