The first lady is a practicing Catholic, her spokeswoman confirmed.
Long before Muslims in America faced ignorance, fear and hatred, Catholics confronted similar reactions. During the American
Anti-Catholicism has deep roots in American history. But its hey day was the mid-nineteenth century. What sparked this surge in anti-Catholic hostility was the arrival of several million Catholic immigrants from Europe, primarily Ireland, Germany, and later Italy.
America's ability to foster and create webs of interlocking personal relationships among people of many different faiths is the key to solving the puzzle of religious pluralism.