Pope Francis’ Visit To United States Comes During Election With The Largest Number Of Catholic Candidates Ever
The Presidential Election of 2016 will probably be remembered for many things; one of those elements will definitely be the fact that this election cycle features the largest number of Catholic candidates ever. Out of all of the currently-announced candidates, seven of them have declared the Catholic faith as their religious affiliation.
As the media concerns itself with Pope Francis' current visit, the media has largely overlooked the unusually large Catholic pool running for POTUS. According to sources even though 22% of the U.S. population is Catholic, those numbers have never translated into an Oval Office. One area that has seen a larger number of Catholic politicians is Congress, where currently one-third of the members are Catholic - including leadership positions like Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner - the past and present Speakers of the House.
Of the seven Catholic candidates running for President, six are Republican and one is Democrat. Here - in alphabetic order - are the Catholics running for the highest office in the country.