Pope Peace Doves Involved in Epic Battle

Peace Doves

Fab article in the huffingtonpost.com, covering what happened when the Pope realised a couple of doves to symbolize (we’re guessing) a prayer for peace:

VATICAN CITY (AP) – 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.

Check out huffingtonpost.com for the whole collection of photos from the Dove launch to images from the battle itself.

Not wanting to giggle to much about prayers for peace (particularly in the light of the recent images from the Ukraine)… but does anyone else at least see the mildly amusing side of this?

Dear Cardinal Walter Kasper…

Lets face it.

Your boss is taking a trip around here this week, and I have to admit. As a country we’re probably not being the most welcoming hosts. I imagine we’re probably a little like that family who say “come and visit”, and when you do, they spend the entire time you’re there grumbling, and making you feel unwelcomed.  If I was at that families home, I’d personnally go on a charm offensive. Yes it would probably seem cheesy and forced, but there may be a chance I might (in the end) do the the right thing.

Couldn’t you have at least tried to be charming about us?

Now I have to admit, I’ve not read the actual interview itself (not due to lack of trying), and I’m sure the media have twisted your remarks. The thing is, I cant help but wonder what you were thinking when you said;

“when you land at Heathrow you think at times you have landed in a Third World country”

Did you mean spiritually speaking? (As your press man in Scotland feels).  If you did why did you say Heathrow, and not the England / Britain / UK ?

It just feels a tad unsensitive 🙁

One last point. Why dont you want to come and see us? Maybe we could chat, sit down around a pint and talk it out.

I understand you’re not feeling great, but you can make it to some fancy dinner with the Germans tonight… we would look after you, buy you a pint or two, plus we do have the NHS who I’m sure would look after you as well as anyone else.

Thanks for reading.

The Church Sofa Lads

P.S If  you do fancy a pint sometime, please let us know. It doesn’t have to be over the next 4 days, you could come over and visit at some other point.