Birds Didn’t Work Out, So the Vatican’s Trying Balloons

Each year on the last Sunday in January, it has been the custom for the Pope, accompanied by children, to release a pair of doves into St. Peter's Square from his window in the Apostolic Palace.  The tradition, begun by Pope John Paul II, is a poignant symbol of the Vatican's call for peace during January.Or at least, that was the custom.  Last year the popular tradition turned to disaster when two children released doves from the Pope's window, only to see them attacked--first by a seagull, … [Read more...]


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