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Joe Biden, the pope and the looming schism in America’s Catholic Church

There is much enthusiasm around the world for the 46th US president — and considerable interest in his faith. Joe Biden is a Catholic and a friend of Pope Francis. But he is also under pressure from fundamentalists.

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