By Paul Collins
In 1799, the papacy used to be at all-time low: The Papal States have been swept away and Rome seized through the innovative 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 comprehensive. And but, simply over 200 years later, the pope nonetheless stands "at the very middle 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 energy of his "soft energy" is incomparable.
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