A protest against the Pope’s visit to the UK is to take place in central London this Sunday.

It is being planned by the Central London Humanist Group in partnership with the British Humanist Association, the National Secular Society and gay equality group OutRage! among others.

Protesters will meet at 1pm outside Westminster Cathedral and will march to the Italian Embassy in Grosvenor Square

The march is one of a series of actions being organised by opponents to the Pope’s UK visit in September. Taxpayers are expected to foot the bill for at least a portion of the cost of the trip, estimated to be £20 million in total by the National Secular Society.

Speakers at Sunday’s event will include National Secular Society president Terry Sanderson, Bob Churchill from the British Humanist Association and Peter Tatchell.

Mr Tatchell said: “The Pope opposes women’s rights, gay equality, embryonic stem cell research, death with dignity and the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV.

“[He] has already denounced our equality laws. He is likely to abuse his presence in Britain to further attack our democratically-agreed legislation that gives equal rights to women and gay people.”

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