The Pope Released Two Peace Doves, Which Were Promptly Attacked By Bigger Birds

The papal gesture made a seagull and a crow very happy.

1. Pope Francis enlisted children to release two doves as a peace gesture on Sunday, following prayers for calm in Ukraine.

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2. They were pretty pleased with this.

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3. But then it started to go wrong. First, a crow gave chase.

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4. It was soon joined by a hungry seagull.

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5. The crow “repeatedly pecked” at the first dove.

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6. While the seagull took a shine to the second dove.

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7. Which then “lost some feathers as it broke free” from the gull’s beak.

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8. “The doves’ fate was not immediately known,” was the solemn verdict of AP’s photographer on the ground.

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Jim Waterson is the UK deputy editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London. Waterson focuses on politics.
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