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ROC explained, why Russia is Jesus never depicted blacks

The image of Jesus Christ contrary to the black canons of the Church, because he was not an African American, said on Thursday, RIA Novosti the head of the expert Council of the Russian Orthodox Church on Church art, architecture and restoration Archpriest Leonid Kalinin.

Earlier picture of black Jesus Christ, a variation on the theme of the famous frescoes Leonardo da Vinci's last supper, received the same name, appeared on the altar of Saint Albany Cathedral in England as a sign of solidarity with the movement Black Lives Matter. Before that, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby urged the Church of England to revise the image of Christ as the white man. According to the Daily Mail, the Abbot of Saint Albany Cathedral less than a week after the call Welby has agreed to place on the altar picture, which in 2009 wrote the artist Lorna may Wadsworth. Of Christ she wrote with a dark-skinned Jamaican.

"Christ was not in fact African American, right? So this is the image of some other person. Apparently, in the current political situation trying to show so its kind of exaggerated, unwarranted and completely inappropriate in relation to the African-American position", - said Kalinin, commenting on the image in the St Albany Cathedral.

You can draw anyone and anything, he said, "but Christ's call will be impossible."

The cities of the U.S., and then in a number of countries in the world, a wave of protests and unrest after the death in Minneapolis at the hands of police of African-American George Floyd. He died in police detention, when one of them came over to him with his knee on the neck. The movement Black Lives Matter, performances under slogans of which was held in USA and many other countries, called for the termination of funding of the police and fight for "racial justice" organizing and conducting pogroms.