It may surprise you to know that it’s pretty hard to be the pope. This 2,000 year-old line of leaders of the worldwide Catholic Church may be considered infallible when defining doctrine concerning faith and morals, but they are still only human. And they bear an immense responsibility—the spiritual and moral leadership of over a billion human beings.
That’s no small task.
It’s no surprise, then, that some popes, throughout history, have been more up to the task than others, using the power of the papal office to change the Catholic Church for the better.
And even more importantly, some of these men not only changed the Church, but the world, using their historically vast influence to shape the very path of human history.
In light of that, let’s take a look at a few of the best popes of all time, what they accomplished, and how they did it.