Papal Geopolitics: The World According to Urbi et Orbi, Petr Kratochvíl & Jana Hovorková (IIR, Prague)

“The Catholic Church (or the Church, in this article) is, despite appearances, one of the most influential geopolitical actors in the world. Its leaders are seen as moral and political authorities by the believers as well as many others and the dominant ecclesial narratives about space and politics have a tremendous impact on the geopolitical imaginations of humanity. While there are a multiplicity of different voices coming from the Church, its hierarchical structure makes the position of the Catholic Church more intelligible than, say, the position(s) of Protestantism which is split into a great number of individual denominations, or that of other religious traditions where a formal head comparable to the Pope is missing.”

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