The pope is arguably one of the most powerful people on Earth. Billions of people today look up to him for spiritual guidance, and he directs one of the largest organizations in the history of our planet, the Catholic Church. His influence is so great that, whether you favor him or not, his influence over the lives of many is undeniable. But how did he get into that position? Why does one man have such influence over so many people?
To understand this, we need to go back a couple thousand years. The Catholic Church started with Peter. He was the first pope. Ever since then, the pope has changed every few decades (either due to the pope stepping down or passing away). This has led to a chain of popes leading straight from Saint Peter directly up to Pope Francis (as of this writing). However, there is much more to the Catholic Church than just the pope. The number of traditions and customs can be quite staggering. After two thousand years, it is probably no surprise that it would have so many. Today, we are going to dive head first into the history of this vastly influential institution as we read 25 Intriguing Facts And Stories About Popes And Papacy You Might Not Know!
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