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. ┬áThe 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. ┬áLast 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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