Monday, January 27, 2014

Unsettling Omen

Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope 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.

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

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.
(From here)

Unfortunately, given the way the world works, it's probably an accurate symbol regardless of whether anyone believes in omens or not.

Incidentally, I find it somewhat remarkable that we get news reports on what happens when the Pope releases doves.


  1. MrsDarwin6:52 AM

    It would appear that animals have no appreciation for symbolic gestures.

  2. James Scott5:55 PM

    That depends how you look at it. Both Doves did get away.

    PS. I stumbled on your site recently looking up stuff on Gregory Palams. Good stuff.


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