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  • Benedict wrote numerous books before ascending to the papacy.
  • during his papacy, John Paul II...
  • a humane and humble papacy
  • An unprecedented liberal, His Holiness had secured the papacy through one of the most controversial and unusual conclaves in Vatican history.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • His predecessor, Celestine V., had renounced the papacy.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • At seventy-nine years old he had crossed the unspoken threshold beyond which the college no longer trusted one’s health to withstand the rigorous schedule of the papacy.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Pope Julius the Second was assisted in reaching the papacy by a reputation for liberality, yet he did not strive afterwards to keep it up, when he made war on the King of France; and he made many wars without imposing any extraordinary tax on his subjects, for he supplied his additional expenses out of his long thriftiness.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • On reaching home Alexey Alexandrovitch went to his study, as he usually did, seated himself in his low chair, opened a book on the Papacy at the place where he had laid the paper-knife in it, and read till one o’clock, just as he usually did.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Over such trivialities as these many a valuable hour may slip away, and the traveller who has gone to Italy to study the tactile values of Giotto, or the corruption of the Papacy, may return remembering nothing but the blue sky and the men and women who live under it.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • And thus much of Power Ecclesiasticall; wherein I had been more briefe, forbearing to examine these Arguments of Bellarmine, if they had been his, as a Private man, and not as the Champion of the Papacy, against all other Christian Princes, and States.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan

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  • When it came to pursuing the papacy, there was a Holy Trinity-Conservative.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Mr. Langdon, it is true that Vatican rule dictates the camerlegno assume chief executive office during conclave, but it is only because his lack of eligibility for the papacy ensures an unbiased election.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Attaining the papacy required a certain amount of political ambition, something the young camerlegno apparently lacked; he had refused his Pope’s offers for higher clerical stations many times, saying he preferred to serve the church as a simple man.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • That very cardinal who had taken the camerlegno under his wing had apparently later risen to the papacy and brought with him his young protege to serve as chamberlain.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • You are no doubt aware that by Holy Law the camerlegno is ineligible for election to the papacy.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He was the runaway favorite for the papacy.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The bishop who had taken him in, the man who had been like a father to him, the clergyman whom the camerlegno had stood beside while he rose to the papacy …. was a fraud.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • And if a man consider the originall of this great Ecclesiasticall Dominion, he will easily perceive, that the Papacy, is no other, than the Ghost of the deceased Romane Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof: For so did the Papacy start up on a Sudden out of the Ruines of that Heathen Power.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • And if a man consider the originall of this great Ecclesiasticall Dominion, he will easily perceive, that the Papacy, is no other, than the Ghost of the deceased Romane Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof: For so did the Papacy start up on a Sudden out of the Ruines of that Heathen Power.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The Pope therefore, when he disclaimeth the Supreme Civill Power over other States Directly, denyeth no more, but that his Right cometh to him by that way; He ceaseth not for all that, to claime it another way; and that is, (without the consent of them that are to be governed) by a Right given him by God, (which hee calleth Indirectly,) in his Assumption to the Papacy.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The inside joke was that accepting the papacy was a cardinal’s "fastest route to heaven.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Comparison Of The Papacy With The Kingdome Of Fayries But after this Doctrine, "that the Church now Militant, is the Kingdome of God spoken of in the Old and New Testament," was received in the World; the ambition, and canvasing for the Offices that belong thereunto, and especially for that great Office of being Christs Lieutenant, and the Pompe of them that obtained therein the principal Publique Charges, became by degrees so evident, that they lost the inward Reverence due to the…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • To this, and such like resemblances between the Papacy, and the Kingdome of Fairies, may be added this, that as the Fairies have no existence, but in the Fancies of ignorant people, rising from the Traditions of old Wives, or old Poets: so the Spirituall Power of the Pope (without the bounds of his own Civill Dominion) consisteth onely in the Fear that Seduced people stand in, of their Excommunication; upon hearing of false Miracles, false Traditions, and false Interpretations of the…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
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