It’s the second time someone has tried to do this in recent years—it last happened in 2014.
A topless protester was detained by Vatican police on Monday for attempting to steal the doll of baby Jesus from the Vatican’s nativity scene. The incident occurred as thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square to hear the Pope’s Christmas Day message. The woman, who was wearing pants and shoes, was part of the international feminist organization Femen. The group has become well-known for sending topless activists to protest world leaders and challenge the global patriarchy. The woman, identified by Femen as Ukrainian “sextremist” Alisa Vinogradova, had “God is Woman” written on her torso. Femen stated that the act was meant to protest the “Vatican’s infringement of the rights of women to their own bodies.” The alleged infringements included the Holy See’s “promotion of the ban on abortion” and “‘sacred condemnation'” of contraception. The would-be theft was thwarted by Vatican police before the woman could flee the nativity scene with the baby Christ doll.
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