UPDATE: The woman has been freed. The Vatican told her to stay off its property.
An activist from the feminist group Femen who snatched the baby Jesus figurine from St Peter’s Square’s nativity scene on Christmas Day remains in custody in the Vatican, the Guardian reports.
Iana Aleksandrovna Azhdanova, from Ukraine, was held in a Vatican cell on Friday, awaiting possible trial for “disturbing the peace, obscene acts in a public place, and theft”.
Azhdanova was naked from the waist up as she stormed the nativity scene and had the message “God Is Woman” daubed on her torso while thousands of pilgrims looked on.
Azhdanova was swiftly arrested by Vatican police after rushing into the square and plucking the baby Jesus from his place while shouting what were described as anti-religious slogans.