On the last Sunday in January, after a month-long emphasis on peace, the pope has released doves from the window of the papal apartment. Noah had it easier. Three times in the past decade, the doves flew back inside. Smart birds: In 2013 and 2014, the doves barely survived a hungry crow and gulls (see below). This year, Pope Francis changed tack, concluding his message: “Here are the balloons that mean peace.”

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