Pope’s Dove of Peace Attacked by Seagull of Irony

The Pope's annual dove-of-peace ceremony ends in a bird battle

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A seagull attacks a dove released by Pope Benedict XVI during the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican

The release of a white dove is a traditional symbol of peace and tranquility. Like the olive branch, and more recently the peace symbol, the white dove is recognized worldwide as an icon of hope, love and friendship. That is, until it almost gets eaten by a seagull.

On the final Sunday of January, 2,000 young people from Rome marched to the Vatican for the annual Caravan of Peace. These youngsters, members of Youth Catholic Action, went to hear the Pope speak and watch him release two white doves following the Angelus prayer.

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Accompanied by two children, Pope Benedict XVI stood before the crowds and released the first dove into St. Peter’s Square. Slightly disoriented, the bird eventually succeeded in flying up to a ledge above the Pontiff’s window.

The second bird was not so lucky. Soon after it had landed on a ledge below the window, it was attacked by a seagull who happened to be taking an afternoon flight through the famous plaza. Fortunately the dove, maybe owing to some sort of divine intervention, was able to fight off the much larger seagull and fly away.

Perhaps it could be time for the Vatican to reconsider the release of these birds given last year’s incident, when both doves turned and flew straight back in through the window. “They want to stay in the Pope’s home,” Pope Benedict said at the time, according to the Daily Mail.

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31 comments
lavintom
lavintom

Was it coincidental that the children's book "Tweet", just released, depicts the current reality of Christians being persecuted by radical Anti-Christ bullies just as the Pope's doves are being attacked by bird bullies? Search on "Tweet A Word To The Bird" at Amazon and see for yourself.

Wisdom77
Wisdom77

This is a sign the conflict will increase in that area.

NeilAllen
NeilAllen

Like Catholic priests raping innocent children

batyodi
batyodi

That's my kind of seagull.

hatassa
hatassa

If there was any "Divine Intervention" it would be the seagull attacking the dove in the first place. The Pope represents the most corrupt corporation on the planet, the Catholic Church.

jaareshiah
jaareshiah

Though the Vatican released 2 doves, with the thought that perhaps the dove fitted them as a symbol of peace, they are mistaken. The Catholic church is anything far from peaceful, sending off its young men to war, with Catholic fighting Catholic in both World Wars. 

On the German side in both wars, the German soldiers wore a belt buckle with the words "Gott mit uns", meaning "God is with us". One man who was in German Air Force during World War II wondered, "Why wouldn't God be with soldiers on the other side who were of the same religion and who were praying to the same God ?"

He further said: "What disturbed me during those war years....was seeing clergymen of practically all denominations - Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, and so forth - blessing the aircraft and their crews before they took off on missions to drop their deadly cargo. I often thought, "Whose side is God on ? "
 

energeia
energeia

“When you go through a hard period,

When everything seems to oppose you,
... When you feel you cannot even bear one more minute,
NEVER GIVE UP!
Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!” 
― RumiEssential Rumi

JLorenTroup
JLorenTroup

Thinking your 'god' is trying to send you a message via birds is just as bird brained as romans believing in auspices. 

Tryst321
Tryst321

It is God giving us a message. He is telling us that there are too many pedophiles and homosexuals in His church.

Timothy
Timothy

Mime! Mine! Mine!,,,Mine Mine Mine Mine Mine! Mine Mine Mine...

PuritaFleschhut
PuritaFleschhut

The doves are trying to convey Pope Ratzinger a message which is,  to vacate his chair and hand it in to some one more capable in running the church.

theogradchris
theogradchris

Obviously this proves every bias I have ever had against Catholics, Christians, Germans, old men, and people who change their names. I was so right about all of it

HoneyBooBoo
HoneyBooBoo

The Pedophile-in-chief needs to die just like the dove.  Religion is evil and a lie. 

JamesFeeney
JamesFeeney

Wow. Is God telling the Pope something?

michaeljamesmichaelmurphy
michaeljamesmichaelmurphy

Wait...what...a *seagull* attacked a dove?  Perhaps the seagull thought the white dove was another seagull...

boofer
boofer

hahahahahahaha.  the pope travels behind bullet proof everything.  he is basically saying that he doesn't believe in god either.

cam3x
cam3x

Don't screw the little boys and maybe God won't eat your birds....

EuphoriCrest
EuphoriCrest

I'd be more concerned about the two children who accompanied the pope into his chambers than the plight of the doves.

mkelly9772
mkelly9772

This sort of thing happens all the time during dove releases. If some bird of prey is nearby that dove doesn't stand a chance.

amazedcoder
amazedcoder

I bet Darwin is laughing his butt off ..... somewhere .....

PeterSpencer
PeterSpencer

Blackadder: Baldrick, have you no idea what "irony" is?

Baldrick: Yes, it's like "goldy" and "bronzy" only it's made out of iron.

D_Coder
D_Coder

It's the frickin POPE and he can't divinely protect a frickin pigeon? I'm so DISAPPPPPOINTED!

EuphoriCrest
EuphoriCrest

@hatassa If it was truly divine intervention, the seagull would have attacked the pope.

Piacevole
Piacevole

@Tryst321 You don't think God could find a more direct and effective way to stop that problem?