Fate of white doves unclear after being released by children standing alongside pontiff in front of crowd in St Peter's Square
Two white doves that were released as a peace gesture by children standing alongside Pope Francis were 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 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.
Speaking at the window beforehand, Francis appealed for peace in Ukraine, where anti-government protesters have died.
不過，去年鴿子一放生就被海鷗攻擊，全球直播見證和平鴿「見血」，惹來愛護動物團體批評，他們指出教宗聖名來自愛護動物著稱的聖人方濟各（Francis of Assisi），促他停止這項「虐畜」的儀式。教宗今年從善如流，以放汽球代替放鴿。
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