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Pope's peace doves attacked by crow and seagull

Pope Francis watches as two children release the doves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The Pope watches the children release the doves during the Angelus prayer

Two white doves released by children standing alongside Pope Francis in Vatican City as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds.

A seagull and a crow swept down on the doves after they were set free from the Apostolic Palace during the Pope's weekly Angelus prayer.

Tens of thousands of people watched as one dove struggled to break free.

But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. It is not clear what happened to the doves that flew away.

Image copyright AP
Image copyright AP

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