…Two Hurtled Doves and Balloons that Get Stuck in a Tree

When Pope Francis celebrated the Vatican’s annual tribute to peace over the weekend, the holy city’s public relations office decided not to take any chances: Instead of releasing the traditional two white doves symbolizing peace, the Pontiff sent balloons aloft. This isn’t a tribute to the party goods industry. Last year animal rights groups protested after doves released from the papal window were attacked by marauding birds—first a seagull; then a crow. Nobody knows if the doves survived. Sadly, this substitution is typical for today’s world leaders. We simply replace the symbol and get on with business as usual.

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