Papal pardon

Pope Francis frees a dove during his weekly general audience Wednesday in St. Peter Square at the Vatican. As Francis toured the square in his open-topped popemobile, someone at the edge of the crowd thrust a white bird cage at him. Looking puzzled, his security detail took the cage, containing a pair of white doves, and handed it to Francis. Without hesitation, the pope opened the cage door, thrust a hand inside and extracted one dove and, with a flick of his hand, sent the bird flying over the square.
Pope Francis frees a dove during his weekly general audience Wednesday in St. Peter Square at the Vatican. As Francis toured the square in his open-topped popemobile, someone at the edge of the crowd thrust a white bird cage at him. Looking puzzled, his security detail took the cage, containing a pair of white doves, and handed it to Francis. Without hesitation, the pope opened the cage door, thrust a hand inside and extracted one dove and, with a flick of his hand, sent the bird flying over the square. L'Osservatore Romano/AP Photo

Pope Francis frees a dove during his weekly general audience Wednesday in St. Peter Square at the Vatican. As Francis toured the square in his open-topped popemobile, someone at the edge of the crowd thrust a white bird cage at him. Looking puzzled, his security detail took the cage, containing a pair of white doves, and handed it to Francis. Without hesitation, the pope opened the cage door, thrust a hand inside and extracted one dove and, with a flick of his hand, sent the bird flying over the square.

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