Pope Francis and America’s shifting views toward Catholics (COMMENTARY)

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President Bush welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to the White House on Wednesday (April 16). Benedict is only the second pope to visit the White House. Religion News Service photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar.

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(RNS) With a Catholic vice president and a Catholic speaker of the House looking on behind him, Pope Francis' speech will serve as a vivid reminder of how far Americans have come in overcoming deeply embedded anti-Catholic bigotry.