John F. Kennedy

Remember when anti-Catholicism ran deep in American politics?

Remember when anti-Catholicism ran deep in American politics?

When Pope Francis arrives in the United States on Tuesday, a greeting at the airport from President Obama will be just the beginning of what is expected to be an ecumenically ecstatic reception.

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 70% of Americans have a favorable impression of the pope. In Congress, where Francis will address a joint session Thursday, Democrats and Republicans alike are claiming him as an ally. Democrats are associating themselves with the pope's solidarity with immigrants, his warnings about climate change and his critique of unbridled capitalism, while Republicans are trying to tie a proposed ban on abortion more than 20 weeks into a pregnancy to...

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