A topless woman tried to snatch a statue of the baby Jesus at the Vatican just before Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message. The the doll was part of a larger-than-life nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square.
Alisa Vinogradova, from the feminist group Femen, was stopped by police as she grabbed the Jesus and attempted to run away during the Christmas Day protest.
She jumped over guard rails shouting “God is woman” and had the same slogan painted on her bare back, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.
A Vatican gendarme stopped her from taking the statue and she was detained.
The incident happened about two hours before Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message to some 50,000 people in the square.
The group’s website identified her as Alisa Vinogradova and called her a “sextremist”.