Photo credits: Andrea Ferrante
Il gabbiano - seagull
The unlikely star of the Papal election was the gabbiano who decided to perch on the chimney above the Cappella Sistina. Some saw the seagull as a sign of who would be elected, pointing out that the seagull is a symbol of Milan's patron saint, Saint Ambrose. But once Cardinal Bergoglio was annouced as the new Pope, and that he was taking the name of Francesco (Francis in English), the same news channels were quick to remind people of Saint Francis's love of nature and of how he once preached to birds.