On Thursday evening, in St. Peter's Cathedral in the Vatican, a man stripped naked and climbed onto the main altar of the temple as a sign of protest against the war in Ukraine.
This was reported by Il Messaggero.
The scene of the protest was filmed on mobile phones by shocked visitors and shared on social networks.
As the publication writes, the man managed to climb the main altar with a lightning leap, undressing completely naked.
The bystanders, together with the gendarmes, immediately intervened and forced the man to get dressed again, taking him to the gendarmerie for questioning and identification.
During his protest, the man said that he is suffering because of the children who are dying under Russian bombs in Ukraine. As it became known, the author of this ambiguous gesture suffered from severe depression, to the point that he inflicted micro-wounds on himself with his nails.
This is not the first time this has happened in St. Peter's Cathedral. The image of a man walking among tourists with a backpack on his shoulders completely naked went viral in 2016. He was then also captured and handed over to the gendarmerie. He turned out to be homeless with mental disorders and was admitted to the psychiatric ward of Santo Spirito Hospital.