Stranger Than Fiction: Papal Peace Dove Pounced On By Capitalist Crow & Swooping Seagull

Tyler Durden's picture

Amid calls to spread the wealth (among the elites in Davos) and for an end to violence in Ukraine, the Pope released his "peace" doves today to send a message of hope to the world. However, the callous claws of capitalism (in the form of a black crow) and the sullen shape of social unrest (in the form of a seagull) decided to send their own message. As the sad images below show, the peaceful dove had his feathers ruffled following the callous attack by the winged avengers... As one wit noted, rumors that the end is nigh are as yet unconfirmed (although if Nomura loses control of the USDJPY levitation, and it breaches the 102 support, all bets are off).

Pope talks peace and prosperity...


and his little helpers release two white "peace" doves...


When the unthinkable happened...


What's the opposite of eating crow?


And a seagull!?


As CTV reports,


Via 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.

A message from above (or below) that wealth is better off in the hands of the 1%? You decide...

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LetThemEatRand's picture

Yeah, Drudge and Huffington ran this earlier today.  But admittedly without the faux financial twist.   His name was Tyler Durden.

Harbanger's picture

I call you Randy, but your name is still Lola.

Stackers's picture

That's a raven, not a crow.

LetThemEatRand's picture

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,

That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.

Nothing further then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered -

Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before -

On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.'

Then the bird said, `Nevermore.'  

* * *

Till the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden . . .

And his name was Tyler Durden.

BLOTTO's picture

I thought that seagull looked familiar.

If some of you guys remember from the recent papal conclave...


'A seagull sits on the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican's St. Peter's Square, during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope Wednesday, March 13, 2013.'

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Even the birds know that our new Pope is a nitwit.

Freddie's picture

I think he is a NWO Jesuit.   Only one other Pope "retired" which was 600 years ago or something. 

LetThemEatRand's picture

Organized religion is by definition about a NWO.  Especially the Pope.  This one is crafty like Obama -- says he's one of us while he lives in a mansion of gold leafed idols.  People love guys who put on robes (or suits) and tell them what they want to hear, notwithstanding the gold leafed idols.  And security apparatus.

CognacAndMencken's picture

Another clever marketing ploy from Rovio Entertainment, the creators of "Angry Birds."

Skateboarder's picture

Now that's some funny shit right there. Hold that thought folks.

Oh regional Indian's picture


On a wing, without a prayer...

GetZeeGold's picture



What's worse is it's not the first time it's happened.

But exactly the same fate was dealt to a dove released by Pope Benedict XVI almost a year to the day on Jan. 27, 2013.


When it happens once.....perhaps happenstance. Twice.....I'm filing that under an omen.


Then there's the lightning bolt thingy...


Not even going to bring up the Malachy prophecy.....which is kinda freaky....cause it's pretty much been dead on for quite some time.


johnQpublic's picture

black bird and half black bird attack whte bird


racial violence against whites as usual

LMAOLORI's picture



+ 1 chuckling...




old naughty's picture

Feathers ruffled...Leave the last words to Jon Stewart.

Harbanger's picture

Both work for evil forces.  Obama attracts flies, this guy's peace Doves are eaten alive.

Freddie's picture

People like or are deferential to guys and gals in uniforms including business suits, cops, military, robes, etc etc.  Used for manipulation.  

Lore's picture

If a grown man ran toward me in a bathrobe, I would run like hell.

Priest Off

old naughty's picture

why are the doves attacked...they didn't screw their youngs?

Harbanger's picture

It's a forecast on the weather.

Ghordius's picture

it's a sign of how much thirst for truthiness is around, and the media caters for this demand

truthiness, defined as "a quality characterizing a "truth" that a person making an argument or assertion claims to know intuitively "from the gut" or because it "feels right" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts"

in short, there is a lot of people that hunger for signs from the heavens, and avidily read news that confirm their biases

just browsing the comments, the usual "the Vatican is...", the Pope is a "Jesuit general", and so on. don't bother with facts, you already know "from the gut" that it's all so. if you "feel it's right", then they must be facts, and they must be true. no better way to lull in someone than to proceed to confirm his biases

on a more humanistic point of view, omens are not interesting from the point of view of what really happened, they are way more interesting from the point of view of what people read in them

this gives a gauge of what is bubbling inside the minds and hearts. as a little historic sidenote, in ancient Rome there was a college of priests called the Augurs who specialized in omens, birds, and the correct reading of popular responses to omens

yet their power and authority was broken the day they staged an omen, gave the traditional (and correct) response (i.e. that the soldiers were tired and demoralized), but the commander, Publius Claudius Pulcher threw them into the sea, famously saying ut biberent, quando esse nollent ("so that they might drink, since they refused to eat"), and ordered the attack to what became the Battle of Drepana, one of the worst Roman naval defeats of that age

tip e. canoe's picture

way more interesting from the point of view of what people read in them


(pithy alert) maybe the Augurs went underground and started secretly raising an army of dove-killing crows & gulls to be released on such an occasion, to give a little nudge of doom to the zeitgeist at just the right moment?

ya never know, stranger things have happened ;~)

Ghordius's picture

and in case you are interested in facts: the Pope is not a Jesuit general (that title is for the head of the Jesuit order), the doves released in Italy are mostly used for matrimonies (and they come back to their owner), this releasing of the Doves of Peace is quite common, in Italy, birds of prey, gulls and crows are too, very common over Italian cities, and the whole scene is one that has been witnessed quite often

more facts: there are hundreds of websites that cater for the need to believe in Jesuit Conspiracies. And hundreds of books being published on that theme since centuries

It all goes back to Guy Fawkes (the guy that is on the notorious mask) and the Jesuit Conspiracy, also called the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

From the point of view of the English authorities, there was reason to believe that a Jesuit knew about the plot, but did not warn the authorities.

The standard Catholic answer to that was that anything said in a Confession has to be kept secret, yet the response was that if Jesuits are willing to stand aside in such terrorist acts, then they are not true and honest Subjects of the Crown

This was already made to law in the Jesuit Act of Parliament of 1584, where Catholic priests had to either submit to a special Oath of Fealty to the Queen or leave the country

the funny thing is that Guy Fawkes is still burnt in effigy every year in England, and that his mask is living on as a symbol of fighters against oppression

Harbanger's picture

Everything you're saying is true.  But I don't understand what it has to do with Pope Francis being a socialist.  Not because of a Jesuit conspiracy, but because of the "very real" South American political movent known as Liberation Theology.  So his negative view of capitalism should be expected. No wild speculation, simply facts about his background and politics. 

Ghordius's picture

I just took your "weather forecast" handle because I found it fitting. the ancient thirst for weather forecasts ties in with the need of knowing the future

you are right, there are broad movements inside the Catholic world that are very critical of capitalism and more generally of liberalism

broadly, they can be grouped under social conservativism (and this term has different connotations in the AngloPhone world)

I maintain that there are three broad political "directions" or "schools of thought": liberalism, conservativism and socialism

the last two share a hang to collectivism in various forms. for the conservatives, it's more tribal (or national), genetic and religious, while the socialists are more universalist/internationalist or class oriented

so I'd say this Pope up to now is a quite classic social conservative - typical of broad swathes of Catholics in general: family values, charity through the Church, with criticism of "Greed is good", a hang to ask for higher taxes for the rich and respect for the poor. Conservatives politicians in the US are still trying to get their grip on this with the famous Latino Vote

so saying that the Pope is a socialist is imho forgetting his conservative part, then Popes in general are even more critical of socialism in general and with liberal connotations in specific

ISEEIT's picture

This Pope is running circles around the world's deceit.

He is not a Marxist.

Never has been. I've had a fear of his potential support of globalist schemes.

Keep watching is all we can do.

Ghordius's picture

regarding Liberation Theology: for those things, wikipedia is sometimes just perfect (thanks to the obsessed wikipedians). The first paragraph puts it very succintly:

(It) is a political movement in Roman Catholic theology which interprets the teachings of Jesus Christ in relation to a liberation from unjust economic, political, or social conditions. It has been described as "an interpretation of Christian faith through the poor's suffering, their struggle and hope, and a critique of society and the Catholic faith and Christianity through the eyes of the poor". Detractors have called it Christianized Marxism."

their point is to look at the world through the eyes of the poor. and they maintain that the poor have a right to respect and protection from exploitation

note that there is a non-catholic yet Christian school of thought that maintains that the poor are responsible for their own condition, and note that there are many countries where the poor feel that they have been exploited since centuries (see Argentina)

BigJim's picture

And fair enough. South America is an excellent example of what happens when a bunch of ruthless sociopaths slaughter vast swathes of the population, privatise the land that was held collectively by the indigenes, and then start piously insisting that 'property rights' and the 'Rule of Law' are god-given and essential for economic progress.

Ghordius's picture

all different ways of saying that the Jesuits were, over the centuries, both mystics and pragmatists. educators and expoiters of the fact that education is power. and contributors to the expansion of the catholic empires of first Portugal and then Spain - though they often came into conflict with them when they felt that exploitation was going too far

you can go deep down the mind of very intelligent mystics which encourage intellectual curiosity, yet beware, the depths are time-consuming, too much for me

at the end, imho they are still thinking in the conflict field between faith and humanism and between Jesus's Sermon of the Mount and raw power politics as "the science of what is possible"

remember that Catholicism is like an onion, with multiple layers of accumulated traditions

including the veneration of images. and there I agree with the Jesuits, iconoclasm as such distracts. Orthodox Christianity has other views, but as such it can be completely irrelevant to a priest if there is a popular demand for Black Virgin Icons or not, it's part and parcel of how a local population adapts it's earlier religions to Christianity

politics, though, is never irrelevant. and so they were and still are intensely interested in politics, to the chagrin of detractors who correctly point out that their political pragmatism can be intensely obnoxious

tip e. canoe's picture

thanks, that's helpful.  an onion is an accurate analogy for any large org.

their political pragmatism can be intensely obnoxious

much like the Quakers in early America, or so i've read

popular demand for Black Virgin Icons or not, it's part and parcel of how a local population adapts

so what's up with that shrine of the Black Madonna that's underneath the floor of St. Peter's then (right next to where his bones were supposedly found)?

iconoclasm as such distracts.

very true, but maybe the icono- simply points to that which cannot be seen. and it's the -clasm part that intentionally points in the wrong direction, much like all the other assorted -asms and -isms?

The Shootist's picture

It's a magpie, not a raven.

ebear's picture

I think it was manufactured.

Lebensphilosoph's picture

It's netiher. Leave the ornithology to those who actually know what they are talking about.

johnQpublic's picture

its an african swallow, you can tell by the dorsal feathers

urbanelf's picture

Uh... ravens belong to the genus Corvus.

urbanelf's picture

That means that it's both a Raven and a Crow.

Colonel's picture

Ravens belong to the genus Corzine.

scrappy's picture

No they are all actually APPP

Advanced Prototype Pope Pigeons

  Papacy Drone Model SX-$

Stealth camo in your choice of bird.

Holy water blessing extra.




ebear's picture

I have 30 chickadees in my back yard.

Bring It.

PT's picture

How do you know the difference between a crow and a raven?

You count their pinion feathers.  You see, you get a crow, and you count its pinion feathers.  Then get a raven, and count its pinion feathers.  You will see that one bird has one more pinion feather than the other.  And so the difference between a crow and a raven is a matter of a pinion.

Yes, I shall go back to sleep now. 

Lebensphilosoph's picture

It's a Hooded Crow, numbnuts. You're not even close.

Ace Ventura's picture

Hmmm.....not so sure. Ravens tend to be pretty big, certainly bigger than the bird pictured here. Another clue is the shape of the beak. The bird chasing the dove has a narrow/sharper beak than the typical raven. More likely this was some variant of crow. If it's the size of a hawk, its more than likely a raven....if it's the size of a large dove or pigeon with long legs, it's probably a crow.

*I think the tail feathers are also different....rounded tail-fan for crows, pointed triangular tail-fan for ravens.

Lebensphilosoph's picture

There is no species of Raven that looks anything like that, let alone one found in Italy.This is the bird in question:

End of story.

Harbanger's picture

The new Pope noted the evils of Capitalism.  VS. I don't know what? It's not a finacial twist, it's an ideological stance.  What is it you're not understanding?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Dig deeper, grasshopper.  The Pope lives in a castle and is surrounded by gold.  Maybe he could sell some of it to help the poor if he has the socialist ideology that irks you?   Or perhaps the message is more important.  Words vs. actions.  Same show, different theatre.