Femen Protester: Jesus Heist Attempted at Vatican Nativity Scene

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Video showed the Vatican gendarme tackling her just as she got her hands on the Jesus figure. The whole affair was wrapped up two hours before Pope Francis addressed some 50,000 people in the square for Christmas Day. The organization also explained the slogan on Vinogradova's chest: "A child is not from a god, but from a woman!"

She was later identified as Alisa Vinogradova by FEMEN, a Ukraine-based activist group who says it aims to use "bare breasts" to protest sexual inequality and gain "complete victory over patriarchy". It has become widely popular due to the topless protests against pressing social issues, and the recent attack on Vatican is not the first one. Monday's rally was in opposition to the Catholic Church's strict stance on abortion, "sacred condemnation" of contraception, and more broadly "the Vatican's infringement of the rights of women to their own bodies", according to a Femen blog post. "For a woman is God", the statement continued.

According to Reuters, a similar incident occurred in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day in 2014.

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The woman, who was wearing trousers and shoes, was a member of the global feminist organization Femen, CNN reported.

The topless activist was seen charging toward the nativity scene in Vatican City on Christmas.

A Femen activist tries to grab baby Jesus from his crib, but is stopped by a Vatican guard.

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