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Naked men protest against decontamination of Vatican altars after Ukraine war | World News


The incident happened on Thursday when the unidentified man stood naked on the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Saturday 03 June 2023 at 20:58, UK

A Vatican altar desecrated was decontaminated earlier this week after a man jumped naked on it to protest the war in Ukraine.

An unidentified man stands on the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, located in vatican citytook off his clothes to reveal the inscription on his back: “Save the children of Ukraine”.

The cathedral’s high priest, Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, and other priests and faithful presided over a prayer service known as the Penance to cleanse the holy table.

The service is required by a set of religious codes known as canon law and includes blessing altars with holy water.

Mr Gambetti condemned the naked man, saying he had made an “inappropriate and truly regrettable gesture” to draw attention to victims of the war.

St. Peter’s Basilica is the iconic church of the Vatican.Photo: Associated Press

According to Vatican News, the Pole was handed over to Italian police, who issued a deportation order to leave Italy.

A Vatican source said the man had injured himself on his nails during the incident.

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The Vatican has been mired in riots recently, with a man storming the gates last month. After the incident, he was taken to the hospital for psychiatric treatment.

Climate protesters who glued their hands to a statue in the Vatican Museum last year are now on trial for serious damage.


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