Папа Римский с георгиевской ленточкой: депутат Госдумы Павел Дорохин подарил Понтифику символ Победы pic.twitter.com/5GTLhfMZ4o
— Дмитрий Смирнов (@dimsmirnov175) May 5, 2016
Perhaps in ostensible honor of today being St. George’s Day on the Old (Julian) Calendar, Russian State Duma deputy Pavel Dorokhin bestowed the Ribbon of St. George on Pope Francis who then, apparently, proceeded to wear it with pride.
For those unaware, the Ribbon is a symbol of Russian military and imperial might which, since the Euromaidan, has become synonymous with militant pro-Russian, anti-Catholic dissidents in Ukraine. Was the Holy Father unaware of this? Shouldn’t someone in his inner circle be world-savvy enough to know about this? Strange times these be.
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