By Paul Collins
In 1799, the papacy used to be at all-time low: The Papal States have been swept away and Rome seized by way of the innovative French armies. The cardinals have been scattered throughout Europe, and Catholics feared they might be not able to select the following 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 principal 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 energy" is incomparable.
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