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Ill omen? Pope’s doves of peace for Ukraine attacked by angry birds (PHOTOS)

Published time: January 26, 2014 19:23
Edited time: January 27, 2014 10:39
Pope Francis (C) watches as children release doves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican January 26, 2014 (Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis (C) watches as children release doves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican January 26, 2014 (Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for the start of a “constructive dialogue” in Ukraine, releasing two white doves to symbolize the hope for peace. However, the doves were immediately attacked by a crow and a seagull.

Addressing tens of thousands of people gathered in Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square for the Pope’s weekly Angelus prayer, the pontiff said that his thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the Ukrainian unrest.

“I am close to Ukraine in prayer, in particular to those who have lost their lives in recent days and to their families,” Pope Francis said.

He then raised hopes for a “constructive dialogue between the institutions and civil society,” urging both sides to avoid violence and reminding that “the spirit of peace and a search for the common good” should be “in the hearts of all.”

In a symbolic peace gesture, two white doves were then released by children standing alongside Pope Francis.

But as soon as the birds took off, they were immediately attacked by a crow and a seagull.

The crowd gasped as one dove broke free from its seagull attacker, losing some feathers in the process. The other was less fortunate and was repeatedly pecked at by the crow before flying away.

A dove released during an Angelus prayer conducted by Pope Francis, is attacked by a seagull in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican January 26, 2014 (Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi)

It is not clear what happened to the doves after onlookers lost sight of them.

Social networks immediately exploded with comments and interpretations of the incident; some perceived it as an “ill omen” while others simply described the situation as ironic.

Hundreds of protesters and police officers have been injured in violent riots in Ukraine. Investigators have been searching for shooters who, in separate incidents this week, killed several rioters and one policeman with rounds suitable for a sporting gun.

Comments (109)

 

Mark Pinnell 16.04.2014 19:39

Allan Wafkowski 28.01.2014 22:36

Allan Wafkowski 28.01.2014 22:36
I've been birding for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this. Two different species effectively working in concert attacking another is very strange. The National Geographic's take on it is a stab in the dark, with not enough evidence to be creditable. I suspect God is telling us something.

  


 

Mark Pinnell 16.04.2014 19:37

The sign of the dove was instituted before the creation of the world; a witness for the Holy Ghost, and the devil cannot come in the sign of a dove. The Holy Ghost is a personage, and is in the form of a personage. It does not confine itself to the form of the dove, but in sign of the dove. The Holy Ghost cannot be transformed into a dove; but the sign of a dove was given to John to signify the truth of the deed, as the dove is an emblem or token of truth and innocence. - Joseph Smith

 

Andrew Bendyna 02.03.2014 17:06

Clearly a bad omen.

The Lord can reveal these things through omens and signs. And The Lord has chosen to do it through his servant pope Francis.

I'm ukranian descent myself and I hope and pray for the land of my fathers...but Russia is an evil bully, so I sadly expect Russia to win this. That being said God may have other things planned.

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