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Peace doves come under attack at the Vatican

(Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

Pope Francis waved to tens of thousands in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday and called for peace and “constructive dialogue” between the Ukrainian authorities and its people.

As a peace gesture, Italian children released two white doves from the window of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

(Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

After the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis embraced the kids. Job well done, or so we thought.

(Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

But then, in an aerial struggle, a seagull and black crow chased the newly freed peace doves.

(Gregorio Borgia/AP)

The seagull caught one peace dove, which lost some feathers during the attack.

(Gregorio Borgia/AP)

The peace dove came under full assault.

(Gregorio Borgia/AP)

A crow closed in on the other peace dove.

(Gregorio Borgia/AP)

It repeatedly pecked at the peace dove.

(Gregorio Borgia/AP)

The peace dove attacked by the seagull was able to escape, but the other dove’s fate remained unknown. Here’s a video of the rumble.

Two white doves intended to symbolize peace were attacked by a crow and a seagull as they flew outside the Vatican. (

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