The Man in White

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Jonathan Adams

It seems almost paradoxical that the leader of the world's smallest nation should be one of the world’s most powerful men. Indeed, the Pope occupies a truly unique position in international relations. As bishop of Rome with a jurisdiction of less than a single square kilometre, Pope Francis influences more than a billion Roman Catholics across the world. As the modern papacy takes on a more distinct socio-political role, this influence will undoubtedly play a major part in shaping the global political landscape.