Vatican doves attacked during Pope's prayers

A seagull attacked a dove released by Pope Francis during prayers in Saint Peter's Square Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A crow and a seagull attacked doves released by the Pope in front of tens of thousands of onlookers in St Peter's Square.

Two doves were released by the Pope and two children Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

The two doves, released as a gesture of peace, were descended upon during an Angelus prayer conducted by Pope Francis.