Joe and Francis’ Catholic convergence | Faith Matters
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After John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic president of the U.S., on the heels of John XXIII ascending to the papacy, the phrase “The Two Johns” was spoken often. Many Catholic homes had photos of both Johns hanging on their walls. For the pope, it was his opening of the windows to let fresh air into the church. And Kennedy’s Camelot ushered in a youthful optimism for the country’s future. Both dazzled their constituencies. The Second Vatican Council allowed the church to break through its triumphalism and retrieve the humble origins of a Christ-centered community. Kennedy’s style won ove…

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