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Pope stumped by Doves of Peace at Vatican

Last updated on: January 31, 2011 14:46 IST

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It was an embarrassing situation when the Doves of Peace released by Pope Benedict XVI during the weekly Angelus prayer refused to leave the Vatican and flew right in.

Image: Pope Benedict XVI releases a dove from a window of his private apartments as he leads the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican
Photographs: Max Rossi/Reuters
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Officials were able to catch and re-release only one bird, reports the Telegraph. Two children from the Catholic Action of Rome accompanied the Pope at the window of his studio in St Peter's square.

The children joined the effort to recapture the doves.


Image: Pope Benedict XVI reacts after he releases a dove from the window of his private apartment
Photographs: Max Rossi/Reuters
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During the Angelus, Benedict marked the International Day of Intercession for Peace in the Holy Land, calling for 'concrete plans for peace', and wished serenity and prosperity for those about to celebrate the Lunar New Year in the Far East.

Image: Pope Benedict XVI looks at a dove as it flies back in the room
Photographs: Max Rossi/Reuters
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