Priests bring comfort to menacing Kiev protests

January 27, 2014 12:05 PM

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The priests have been one of the most visually arresting parts of the protests that have gripped this former Soviet republic for the last two months. Their vestments of black cassocks overlaid with colorful strips of cloth around their shoulders are a striking contrast to both the silver shields and black helmets of riot police and the often-scruffy clothes and rag-tag protective devices worn by protesters.

Every freezing morning, priests sing prayers to the demonstrators gathered on the Ukrainian capital’s main square, a solemn and soothing interlude to hours of vehement speeches calling for revolution.

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