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Seagull perches on Sistine Chapel chimney

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A seagull sits on the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel while another flies overhead in St. Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope at the Vatican on Wednesday.
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A seagull sits on the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel while another flies overhead in St. Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope at the Vatican on Wednesday.

With no pope, a seagull is stealing the show at the papal conclave.

Smoke watching has become bird watching in St. Peter’s Square after a seagull perched atop the chimney that belches out smoke from the Sistine Chapel to signal whether or not a pope has been elected.

From the chapel’s tiled roof, the gull had a commanding bird’s eye view on Wednesday of the sea of pilgrims eagerly waiting in the rain for papal tidings. Black smoke means no pope yet; white means “Habemus Papum” (We have a pope!)

The bird offered welcome comic relief.

Dublin tourist Harry Sheeran quipped that the gull was “nearer to heaven than we are”.

Minutes after being spotted, the bird inspired a slew of Twitter accounts.

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In the early thirteenth century, a wealthy young man known to history as Francis of Assisi put aside his worldly goods and chose to follow Jesus in a life of voluntary poverty. The religious order that he founded, the Franciscans, has throughout its history been associated with the reform of the church. According to legend, at the beginning of his ministry Francis experienced a vision in which Christ told him, “Go and repair my house which, as you can see, is falling into ruin.”
Saint Francis was known for his love towards Birds (in particular) and to animals, he could infact to speak to them (please google on Saint Francis of Assisi), The Sea Gulls are infact eagerly waiting at the Chimeny for the anouncement Francis to be declared as Pope.

from:  Humble Servent
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 12:59 IST

The seagul is indicating the relative importance of its perch.

from:  Dave Marshall
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 05:10 IST
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