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    Birds attack doves freed from pope’s window

    Pope Benedict XVI watched as children released doves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday.
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    Pope Benedict XVI watched as children released doves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday.

    Vatican City — Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope

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    A dove which was freed by children flanked by Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer, was attacked by a black crow in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, on Sunday.

    Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds.

    As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace.

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    One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove.

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    It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.

    While speaking at the window beforehand, Francis had appealed for peace in Ukraine, where anti-government protesters have died.