Women Go Topless in Front of the Pope in Gay Rights Protest

Police try to arrest Ukrainian feminist group Femen activists protesting in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. Four Femen activists stripped off in St Peter’s Square in a protest for gay rights just as Pope Benedict XVI was reciting his traditional weekly prayer. (Getty Images)

Four women stripped off their tops and bared their breasts in St. Peter’s Square Sunday to protest the Vatican’s opposition to gay marriage.

The women, activists from the Ukrainian feminist group Femen, had painted “In Gay We Trust” and “Shut Up” on their bodies to make their point.

Women Go Topless in Front of the Pope in Gay Rights Protest

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The pope, delivering his traditional prayer from his studio window overlooking the piazza, apparently wasn’t disturbed by the commotion as police hauled them away.

Protester Inna Shevchenko told the Associated Press, “Today we are here to protest against homophobia.”

Women Go Topless in Front of the Pope in Gay Rights Protest

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Women Go Topless in Front of the Pope in Gay Rights Protest

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