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The Pope’s Dove of Peace Was Attacked by a Seagull

Just as he finished a sermon on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI symbolically released two doves into the air as a call for peace. But soon after the birds took flight, an aggressive seagull began dive bombing one of them. Uh oh. We’re generally not superstitious, but we sure hope this isn’t a sign of bad things to come.

Approximately 2,000 young people from Rome marched to St. Peter’s Square on Sunday as part of the annual “Caravan for Peace,” which culminates in the recitation of the Angelus prayer and the release of two birds.

But this year’s event was marred after a predator swooped and tried to eat one of the Pope’s symbols for unity. Fortunately for the dove, however, it executed some nimble evasive maneuvers and miraculously escaped the clutches of the hungry seagull. Divine intervention, anyone?

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