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Pope’s dove of peace attacked by seagull


Pope Benedict XVI releases a dove from the window of his appartment at the end of his Sunday Angelus prayer in St. Peter's square at the Vatican on January 27, 2013. The Pontiff and youth of the Catholic Action released two doves, symbols of peace.



Two thousand young people marched to the Vatican on Sunday for the church's annual "Caravan of Peace."

Following the Angelus prayer, Pope Benedict XVI released two white doves, as is the tradition, TIME reported.

The doves mark the end of the prayers and symbolize the tranquility of the Christian faith, MSN explained.

Ironically, after the Pope released the doves out onto the Vatican's Peter's Square, one was almost immediately attacked by a seagull.

Good news, though, the seagull was able to "fight off" its attacker and fly away, TIME confirmed.

Last year, there was also an incident when the birds flew back inside upon their release.

Pope Benedict simply explained,“They want to stay in the Pope’s home,” the Daily Mail reported.