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Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History

Season 1
The modern pope is the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics and the head of an independent nation. But to understand how one man and one institution rises to such heights, we must go back 2,000 years to the remarkable origins of the Catholic Church.
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Episodes

  1. S1 E1 - The Rise of the Pope
    May 23, 2023
    42min
    TV-14
    The modern pope wields international influence as the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, and to understand how one man and one institution could rise to such heights, we must go back 2,000 years to the remarkable origins of the Catholic Church.
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  2. S1 E2 - Resignation of Benedict XVI
    August 18, 2022
    42min
    TV-14
    In 2013, Pope Benedict XVI resigns and shocks the world. The resignation of a modern pope and the peaceful transfer of power has shown the world what the position means today and how it has evolved in an ever-changing world.
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  3. S1 E3 - The Price of Progress
    August 18, 2022
    42min
    TV-14
    The Renaissance marks the end of a fractured church and the emergence of the papacy as a chief patron of art, architecture, music and literature, but cultural advancement is accompanied by increased corruption as popes acquire political influence.
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  4. S1 E4 - Revolution: A Church Divided
    August 18, 2022
    42min
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    Following the excess and scandal of the Renaissance era, the papacy looks to reclaim its sense of morality and leadership, and men like Martin Luther and Henry VIII begin to question the absolute power of the papacy and initiate a splintering.
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  5. S1 E5 - The Wartime Popes
    August 18, 2022
    42min
    TV-14
    In 2016, Pope Francis makes an emotional visit to Auschwitz, the former Nazi death camp. In the shadow of the Holocaust, the Pope prays for the forgiveness of mankind and immerses himself in the controversial legacy of his predecessor, Pope Pius XII.
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  6. S1 E6 - Change and the Modern Papacy
    August 18, 2022
    42min
    TV-14
    Pope John Paul II is the world's first "famous" Pope, and coming into power during the height of the Cold War, he works tirelessly alongside world leaders to destroy communism and becomes an international icon for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
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  7. S1 E101 - Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History Trailer
    October 1, 2023
    2min
    TV-14
    The modern pope is the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics and the head of an independent nation. But to understand how one man and one institution rises to such heights, we must go back 2,000 years to the remarkable origins of the Catholic Church.
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  8. S1 E101 - Most Powerful Man Trailer
    October 10, 2023
    2min
    TV-14
    The modern pope is the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics and the head of an independent nation. But to understand how one man and one institution rises to such heights, we must go back 2,000 years to the remarkable origins of the Catholic Church.
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Audio languages
English
Subtitles
English [CC]
Starring
Liam Neeson
Studio
discovery plus Adventure & Documentaries
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