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Conservative US Catholics feeling abandoned by pope

Some say pontiff favors the left over the faithful

SMYRNA, Ga. — When Pope Francis was elected in March, Bridget Kurt received a small prayer card with his picture at her church and put it up on her refrigerator at home, next to pictures of her friends and her favorite saints.

She is a regular attender of Mass, a longtime stalwart in her church’s antiabortion movement, and a believer that all the Church’s doctrines are true and beautiful and should be obeyed. She loved the past two popes, and keeps a scrapbook with memorabilia from her road trip to Denver in 1993 to see Pope John Paul II at World Youth Day.

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