The ‘Pope Francis effect’? Some early data suggest it could be real

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(RNS) Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and he hasn’t even visited the U.S. yet, a trip that is planned for September and could well boost his visibility—and appeal—even further.

But will Francis find American Catholics filling the pews? Or just loving the pope from afar? That’s one of the big—and so far unanswered—questions about his remarkable papacy.


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