The Pope’s Peace Doves Attacked By Angry Birds

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Pope Francis’ doves of peace became doves in pieces after a seagull and a large black crow swept down and attacked after the doves were set free from an open window.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday to watch the Pope’s weekly Sunday Angelus prayer. Following Pope Francis’ appeal for peace in Ukraine, two children helped the Pontiff release two white doves as a symbolic gesture of peace.

Peace doves gone wrongBut as the doves were released from the open window of the Apostolic Palace, a seagull and a large black crow went in for the kill. The seagull attacked first, pinning the larger dove against the wall of the palace. Although the dove lost some feathers it eventually managed to break free and fly to freedom. The crow set its sights on the smaller dove and began pecking at it repeatedly until it too managed to fly off into the distance.

Huh. This doesn’t look great for peace in Ukraine… Right before the doves were released Pope Francis said a prayer for Ukraine, where at least four people have been killed during the latest clashes between anti-government protesters and the police.  The mass demonstrations began in November after Ukraine opted not to sign a treaty with the EU and instead strengthen ties with Russia.

“I am close to Ukraine in prayer, in particular to those who have lost their lives in recent days and to their families,” Francis told the crowd in St Peter’s Square.

“I hope that a constructive dialogue between the institutions and civil society can take place, that any resort to violence is avoided and that the spirit of peace and a search for the common good is in the hearts of all.”

Meanwhile, the protests in Ukraine have been spreading beyond Kiev after opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk rejected President Viktor Yanukovych‘s offer to appoint him prime minister. The protesters want more! The opposition is demanding early elections, a free trade agreement with the EU, the release of prisoners, and a repeal of the recently introduced public protest ban (which I don’t think is working btw…) But the government says their efforts to peacefully negotiate and resolve unrest in the capital are “futile” and blame the negotiation failure on the radical arm of the opposition.

So maybe the peace dove attack was a sign from God that things in the Ukraine are going to get worse before they get better? I mean, if a burnt grilled cheese sandwich slightly resembling Jesus is a sign from God, surely this is too.

Via: CBC News & BBC News

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