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Even today, Britain’s Catholics still face prejudice

Nowadays, 5th November is about eating marshmallows and hot chestnuts. And yet a certain anti-Catholic prejudice lingers in Britain

Feeling the heat: an effigy of Pope Pius IX. Photo: JON SANTA CRUZ/SHUTTERSTOCK

This 5th November, as always, the streets of Lewes, East Sussex, will be filled with thousands of people watching the town’s bonfire societies burn effigies of the Pope and march with burning crosses. It’s the largest bonfire event in Britain’s commemoration of the Gunpowder Plot, when Guy Fawkes and his Catholic co-conspirators were foiled in their attempt to blow James I and parliament to smithereens. In other towns, those attending Guy Fawkes Night may not know…

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