- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 26, 2014

Two white doves that were released as a peace gesture by children standing alongside Pope Francis on Sunday were attacked by a crow and a seagull.

The doves were attacked right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace in St. Peter’s Square during the pope’s Angelus prayer, the Associated Press reported.

One dove broke free from the seagull, losing only some feathers, but the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. It’s not clear what happened to them as they flew off, the AP said.

The pope had appealed to the Ukraine for peace following the deaths of several protesters in recent days.