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After dove disaster, Pope Francis takes a parrot

In this phoprovided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano Pope Francis holds green parrot named Amore thwas offered him by his

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis holds a green parrot named Amore that was offered to him by his owner, Francesco Lombardi, during his weekly general audience in St. Peter square at the Vatican Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. After his dove release went terribly awry on Sunday, Francis gladly blessed the parrot and took the bird for a few seconds on his finger. The scene wasn’t so peaceful on Sunday, when children flanking Francis set free two white doves from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square. The birds were soon attacked by a crow and seagull. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

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Updated: January 30, 2014 1:35PM



VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis seems to have made up with the world of birds.

After his dove release went terribly awry on Sunday, Francis gladly blessed and held a green parrot named Amore on Wednesday that was offered to him by his owner, Francesco Lombardi.

Francis initially drove by Amore during his general audience, but then doubled back and took the bird for a few seconds on his finger. Lombardi said Amore parroted back the “Papa” that the crowd was chanting.

The scene wasn’t so peaceful on Sunday, when children flanking Francis set free two white doves from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square. The birds were soon attacked by a crow and seagull. Animal rights activists have urged Francis end the tradition, saying domesticated doves can’t survive in the wild.



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