Guy Fawkes, a courageous Catholic who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, has been declared a saint by the Pope.
“In no way does the Pontiff condone violence of any sort,” said a Vatican spokesman.
“However, he has sympathy for the ordinary Catholics who were living under the brutal tyranny of the Protestant James I of England.”
Pope Francis made an announcement.
“Guy Fawkes, or St. Guy as he will now be known, was a man of principle who died for his beliefs,” said the Pope.
“After due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, we declare and define Guy Fawkes of Westminster to be a saint, and we enrol him among the saints, decreeing that he is to be venerated as such by the whole church.”
A special Mass will be held in Rome on November 5th, followed by a bonfire and fireworks in St Peter’s Square.