By Paul Collins
In 1799, the papacy was once at all-time low: The Papal States were swept away and Rome seized by way of the progressive French armies. The cardinals have been scattered throughout Europe, and Catholics feared they'd be not able to choose the subsequent pope. whether Catholicism survived, it appeared the papacy used to be entire. And but, simply over 2 hundred years later, the pope nonetheless stands "at the very middle of the relevant conversations of our time" (Time). His impact reaches around the world--from Cuban politics to gender equality to the refugee crisis--and the power of his "soft strength" is incomparable.
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