In Defiant Protest Against Ukraine War, Man Strips Naked on St. Peter’s Basilica Main Altar, Handed Over to Italian Police.
A naked man takes a stand on the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. (P.C – Twitter/@MannyLo79)
A man staged a naked protest on the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, seemingly in protest against the war in Ukraine.
With an inscription on his back that read “the children of Ukraine should be saved,” the unidentified man’s bold act took place just before the church’s closing time. Tourists captured photos of the incident, which quickly spread on social media.
A man who stood naked on the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City to protest the war in Ukraine had self-inflicted cuts on his body, according to a Vatican source cited by Reuters.
Vatican guards handed the unidentified man over to the Italian police just before the basilica closed on Thursday.
This incident echoes a similar occurrence in 2016 when a man, identified as Luis Carlos Cherubino, was arrested for walking naked in the St. Peter’s Basilica complex.
Cherubino had stripped off his clothes and walked up to the high altar, an act that garnered attention on social media.