Accompanied by two children, Pope Benedict XVI stood before the crowds and released the first dove into St. Peter’s Square. Slightly disoriented, the bird eventually succeeded in flying up to a ledge above the Pontiff’s _ The second bird was not so lucky. Soon after it had landed on a ledge below the window, it was attacked by a seagull who happened to be taking an afternoon flight through the famous plaza. Fortunately the dove, maybe owing to some sort of divine intervention, was able to fight off the much larger seagull and fly away. Perhaps it could be time for the Vatican to reconsider the release of these birds given last year’s incident, when both doves turned and flew straight back in through the _ “They want to stay in the Pope’s home,” Pope Benedict said at the time, according to the Daily Mail. Read more: Pope Benedict's Dove of Peace Attacked by Vicious Seagull | TIME.com newsfeed.time.com...
reply to post by McDevitt
Welcome to ATS !!
As you said, the dove is a symbol. Having been raised a Roman Catholic, I understand the meaning and respect those who uphold that opinion, such as yourself. I personaly don't hold much value to it, not necessarily calling it nonsense but I really don't see this as an omen.
There's never been peace. Ever. At least, that's what the history books tell us.
As for crows and seagulls being symbols of dark spiritual powers, I would come to the same conclusion. Superstition.
Thank you for respecting my opinion as I do respect yours. I appreciate. Fair discussion.
This is not just superstition to religious people, especially the Pope. They would know that the dove symbolizes not only peace but the Holy Spirit itself. A raven and a seagull are also unclean birds meaning that there are dark spiritual powers preventing peace and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our time.
Perhaps you don't believe this and think it is only superstition and nonsense. You are granted to your opinion after all. But it is a wide known fact that there hasn't been much peace lately in the world. Also the Holy Spirit, religion, and especially Christianity have been attacked by many hate groups.
reply to post by UnBreakable
And what the birds represent depends on your superstition.
edit on 27-1-2014 by daskakik because: (no reason given)
I don't know if it's an omen as this has happened before:
edit on 26-1-2014 by Rochester because: (no reason given)
Happens all the time. It's called the animal kingdom. Birds of prey eat other birds, I dont think they stop and ask them if their religious or not prior to ripping their entrails out and chowing down. They may however say Grace, prior.