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The sensational story of the last two centuries of the papacy, its most influential pontiffs, troubling doctrines, and rise in global authority In 1799, the papacy was at rock bottom: The Papal States had been swept away and Rome seized by the revolutionary French armies. With cardinals scattered across Europe and the next papal election uncertain, even if Catholicism survived, it seemed the papacy was finished.
In this gripping narrative of religious and political history, Paul Collins tells the improbable success story of the last 220 years of the papacy, from the unexalted death of Pope Pius VI in 1799 to the celebrity of Pope Francis today. In a strange contradiction, as the papacy has lost its physical power -- its armies and states -- and remained stubbornly opposed to the currents of social and scientific consensus, it has only increased its influence and political authority in the world.

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  • Title Absolute Power: How the Pope Became the Most Influential Man in the World
  • Author Paul Collins
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Pages 384
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher PublicAffairs
  • Date 2018-03-27
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9781610398602 / 1610398602
  • Weight 1.3 lbs (0.59 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 in (23.88 x 16.00 x 3.05 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 18th Century
    • Chronological Period: 19th Century
    • Chronological Period: 20th Century
    • Chronological Period: 21st Century
    • Religious Orientation: Catholic
    • Religious Orientation: Christian
  • Library of Congress subjects Papacy - History - 20th century, Papacy - History - 1799-1870
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2018932568
  • Dewey Decimal Code 262.13

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  • Kirkus Reviews, 01/15/2018, Page 0
  • Library Journal, 02/15/2018, Page 69
  • Publishers Weekly, 01/08/2018, Page 0

About the author

Paul Collins is a historian and broadcaster with degrees from Harvard and the Australian National University. He has worked as a religious commentator for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, PBS, and more; as a teacher of theology and history; and as a Catholic priest. In March 2001, he resigned from active ministry due to a doctrinal dispute with the Vatican over his book, Papal Power. He is also the author of The Birth of the West, published by PublicAffairs in 2013.
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