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Susan Sarandon has doubts that Pope Francis' American visit will go off without a hitch. In fact, she doesn't think he'll make it out of the country alive.

"I think they're going to assassinate him," she told the New York Daily News. "I think he's done some major, major cleansing of the whole system."

Pope Francis has been widely praised by progressives since he took over for Benedict XVI in 2013. His views haven't always sat well with religious conservatives.

Susan actually likes this Pope, she said, but she fears for his life.

"I love this Pope," she told the Daily News. "He's humble ... I think he's a Pope of the people."

During his first trip to the United States since taking over as head of the papacy, Francis will visit Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia. Prior to his U.S. trip, he's been spending time in Cuba. While there, he delivered a Mass and even visited with former Cuban president Fidel Castro. The Vatican said the visit was "informal," and that the two discussed "global issues" and exchanged books during the half-hour meeting.