Pope Releases “Peace Doves”, Birds Attacked

    January 27, 2014
    Toni Matthews-El
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It’s almost like something out a dark comedy.

On Sunday, as thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square, two white doves were released by children. Standing next to them was Pope Francis himself.

The gesture was meant to promote world peace. You can’t get much more sweet and well meaning than that, right?

Well, Mother Nature was having none of the Holy Father yesterday.

Shortly after the two beautiful birds were set free, they were attacked by a crow and a seagull. The two birds themselves had just been set free from the Apostolic Palace, and for whatever reason took their distress out on the helpless doves. Neither bird was fatally injured, though both were wounded and one lost quite a bit of its feathers in the attack.

The symbolic act followed a plea for peace in Ukraine, were protests have been raging for months, and the clashes had turned violent. Three Ukrainian protesters had been killed a week ago, and opposition leaders had turned down offers of government positions made by President Yanukovych.

While this event can and will be viewed as a terrible and sad coincidence that may have frightened children, there is likely going to be symbolism taken away from the event, and with good reason.

While doves represent peace, nonviolence and good will, crows are known to represent death and bad omens. As for seagulls, they’ve actually been known to be signs of good fortune.

So to the superstitious, this may have been one way of saying that although we may want world peace and an end to conflict, these things will not be forthcoming. Instead of peace and nonviolence, there will be violence, death, and terrible fortunes to be had.

This conclusion may be obvious to some without the symbolism. Regardless, rather than being disheartened by signs and symbolism gone wrong, there is a positive take away.

The doves somehow managed to bring together a seagull and a crow, two birds not known to get along:

Image via ITN

  • Sad America

    This is not a commentary on peace. It is just a bunch of birds.

    The commentary on peace is to look at home many wars and countries the US has invaded in the last twenty years. How many governments we have toppled. That is the real commentary.

    If you want to know what the new Babylon is well look no further than our country. Their are a lot of cities on seven hills here. Plus the evidence is right in front of your face. We fight the most. We kill the most. We abort the most. We incarcerate the most.

    Forget the birds. Deal with reality.

    • Gabby

      You sir, are as right as rain.

  • J.T.

    I agree with the person above. The US is causing the majority of instability in the world. Just look at what we have done and the results. Nothing is better and everything is worse.

    I never used to believe in the Illuminati or New World Order, but now I am convinced it exists. Utterly convinced. The masses in every country are suffering, but those in power are getting richer and richer. Governments go to war. People don't.

    I hate to tell people but we are heading for a world war. Just listen to the whistle blowers informing on the government. Everything they have been telling us is coming true.