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Vatican doves: White doves attacked at Vatican as Pope Francis releases them

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Predatory birds attacked two white Vatican doves that were released in a gesture of peace as Pope Francis addressed the masses in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. The birds were set forth as part of the Pontiff's appeal for dialogue in the Ukraine, which was reported via CBS News.

During Pope Francis’ Angelus Prayer, two children released the Vatican doves as they stood beside the Holy Father. A seagull and a large black crow attacked the symbols of peace in front of the Apostolic Palace and the crowds that observed from below. News outlets have declared the bird assault an omen, similar to the eerie appearances of black birds in the demonic movie bearing the same name. However, according to CBS News, there isn’t any word on what injuries, if any, the white doves might have sustained in the bird attack.

One of the doves lost a few feathers, and the crow repeatedly pecked at the other, but both white birds were seen in flight as they loosened themselves from the grips of their attackers.

Pope Francis’ call for peace in the Ukraine comes after weeks of protests in Kiev, which have escalated into violence between police and demonstrators that are angry the government didn't sign a deal to bring it closer to the European Union.

Pope Francis used the Vatican doves and Sunday’s Gospel reading, Matthew Chapter 4:12-23, to encourage peace in the region, and to instill in the protesters the “courage to follow Jesus”.

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