White Peace Doves Released By Pope Immediately Attacked
Two white doves released by Pope Francis in the name of peace were immediately attacked by other birds.
As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace.
One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove.
While speaking at the window beforehand, Francis had appealed for peace in Ukraine, where anti-government protesters have died.
Police and demonstrators in Kiev clashed again on Sunday as protests against President Viktor Yanukovich’s abrupt turn away from the European Union towards Russia, Ukraine’s former Soviet overlord.