Pope Francis’ rapturous US welcome belies a historic anti-Catholic past (COMMENTARY)
A bumper sticker reads "Philly Loves Pope Francis" in downtown Philadelphia on August 28, 2015, weeks before Pope Francis' visit to the United States. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow
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(RNS) As a historical fixture in American culture, anti-Catholicism not only made the idea of papal visits inopportune; it also made any association with the papacy a serious liability.