By Paul Collins
In 1799, the papacy was once at all-time low: The Papal States have been swept away and Rome seized via the innovative French armies. The cardinals have been scattered throughout Europe, and Catholics feared they might be not able to choose the subsequent pope. whether Catholicism survived, it appeared the papacy was once complete. And but, simply over 2 hundred years later, the pope nonetheless stands "at the very heart of the primary 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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