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By Paul Collins

This attention-grabbing and sensational tale of the final centuries of the papacy is a crucial demand the reevaluation and reimagination of papal energy through one among ultra-modern preeminent theologians

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.

In this gripping narrative of non secular and political historical past, Paul Collins tells the inconceivable good fortune tale of the final 220 years of the papacy, from the unexalted dying of Pope Pius VI in 1799 to the fame of Pope Francis at the present time. As a historian, journalist, and theologian, Collins additionally poses urgent, serious inquiries to the Catholic Church: Does modern church governance stray from the lessons of the gospel? Is the papacy's inner strength so nice that it'd be thought of heretical? if that is so, what might be performed to make sure a credible--and Christ-like--path ahead?
Absolute strength is required analyzing for a person drawn to the background of brand new complicated energy structures--as good as someone invested in spiritual, political, and social growth within the West.

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