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Birds attack peace doves freed from Pope's window

Pope's Dove Of Peace Attacked By Seagull
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been 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.

It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.

While speaking at the window beforehand, Francis had appealed for peace in Ukraine, where anti-government protesters have died.

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Neuroelf January 27 2014 at 4:17 PM

This openly hateful antisemetic and anti Catholic comment has no place on this or any other forum.

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givesitthought January 27 2014 at 6:38 PM

Against Freedom of Speech?

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Neuroelf January 29 2014 at 2:09 PM

Only when it constitutes Hate Speech. Hate speech and Hate crimes are not protected by the Bill of Rights.

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pgpettis2010 January 27 2014 at 1:53 PM

yeah hi god's telling you to do a little freakin research ya think? you could have prevented this by finding out if other birds would do this prior

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nightingale23ks January 27 2014 at 12:52 PM

Peace dove (ringneck dove) should never be released like this. They are not good flyers and have no homing abilities. Although it is hard to tell in the pics shown, these are hopefully homing pigeons, which are the birds that are used in so called "dove releases" They are a member of the dove family and are sometimes known as "rock doves" but they are much bigger and stronger and will fly high up into the sky then head for home to their nesting grounds after released. Using the word "pigeon" sometimes brings negative thoughts from people who think they are all dirty, city dwelling scavengers. I raise them and they are beautiful and elegant birds. Seagulls and crows are scavengers and very territorial will go after anything that invades their space

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bevilredbird January 27 2014 at 12:19 PM

For you "religious" people that seem to live on faith and signs, nevermind intelligence. Read Revelations and pay particular attention to the part about the "Great *****". ( i.e. The Catholic Church.) How about "this" for a "sign".
From an intelligent atheist.

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Dean Sutton January 27 2014 at 12:26 PM

Why do you struggle and protest so hard against something that you insist does not exist????

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dnwnnrgmail January 27 2014 at 1:45 PM

If your an atheist why do you care. Further more the Catholic Church doesn't believe and has never taught the version of Revelations you are speaking of. Joseph Darby started it in 1812 only some of the protestant churches believe it. It sells books but is based on garbage interpretation.

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givesitthought January 27 2014 at 6:42 PM

All the bible is based on garbage interpretation with at least 12 major rewrites.

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gemin8888 January 27 2014 at 12:10 PM

Hooded Crows will eat just about anything, including preying on other small birds, such as doves. They are also very territorial. While seagulls normally stick to a seafood sort of diet, they do occasionally eat smaller birds and they are also territorial. Obviously these two birds share the territory around the Vatican and it was unfortunately that the dove was let go in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thats all, it is the vicious circle of life that occurs in nature. I don't know anything about the Pope at all and I am not Catholic but I don't really believe that this was a "sign" of any kind.

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samedayrooter January 27 2014 at 12:07 PM

Seem's The False Profit can't release a Dove without being attacked and killed ....These are sign's no doubt about it..This is second time..firt was Jan 29, 2013 ... Pope's Dove Of Peace Released And Then Attacked By Seagull At The Vatican

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Dean Sutton January 27 2014 at 12:28 PM

So, are you well acquainted with the "true Prophit"????

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srp121104 January 27 2014 at 12:32 PM

for both of you, it's spelled prophet. Just saying.

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keefero January 27 2014 at 11:56 AM

I have never been a Pope sort of follower...but this man is at least "real," and puts "good" into all that he does...

The Doves of Peace are indeed symbolic and prevailed...

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givesitthought January 27 2014 at 6:46 PM

Yeah, I'll give you this. The new Pope is a much better man than the 3 Popes before him. At least, he's telling the world to focus on love instead of the much more familiar hate most Christians cannot stop vomiting these days.

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andrew.senske January 27 2014 at 7:34 PM

Re-read what you write, and think about what you say about Christians or any other group with which you disagree. And then ask yourself again where the hate is coming from. You sound like an extremely hateful, intolerant, anti-Christian person who needs to do a bit of reflecting. Good luck with that. I hope you can change.

Being an atheist takes as much faith as being religious. You can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God (so, if you don't practice a religious faith, perhaps you should call yourself an agnostic and be more open-minded). I can tell you're probably the type who wants everyone to be tolerant of liberal social issues like gay marriage, but at the same time you REFUSE to insist on tolerance of religion. It's a contradictory view and highly hypocritical. You should give that some thought, givesitthought.

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ML January 27 2014 at 11:54 AM

just cook em nexttime

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MANUELITO January 27 2014 at 11:47 AM

oh, please!!! I am a believer, but let us not read anything into this. Birds, animals in general, will do that. That's what they do. Let us just hope it is NOT a bad omen. Period.

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Sir.JJ Stryyker January 27 2014 at 11:42 AM

The Crow probably had a nest near by and the Doves were probably invading her nesting territory.
A bad OMEN would be if The Pope, fell off the balcony while releaseing the Doves and crushed them on impact .... That would be a bad OMEN. Other wise it was just a natural act of nature.

JJr.

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MANUELITO January 27 2014 at 11:47 AM

agreed, just a act of nature.

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