Stephen Schneck , director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, was interviewed by Catholic News Service on the number of Catholics running for president. See below.

Historic number of Catholics to seek U.S. presidency in 2016

From: Catholic News Service (via Catholic Philly) Date: June 14, 2015

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Twelve Catholics have said they are interested in running, four of whom have already declared their candidacy. Three others are clearly making moves that indicate they will announce a bid soon.

"It's going to be a Catholic year for candidates running for the presidency," said Stephen F. Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington. "So, it's historic."

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"There's never been a (U.S. presidential) election with this many Catholics running as this year," Schneck told Catholic News Service in an interview. "Historically, there's been a gradual increase in the number of Catholic candidates for the office, but 2016 is going to be a Catholic year."

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