The Pope

By: Areauna Battle

The Pope is the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. The importance of the Roman bishop is largely derived from his role as the traditional successor to Saint Peter, to whom Jesus gave the keys of Heaven and the powers of "blinding and loosing," naming him as the "rock" upon which the church would be built.

Incumbent: Francis since 13 March 2013, Province: Ecclesiastical Province of Rome

Diocese: Rome

Cathedral: Archbassillica of St. John Lateran

First Bishop: According to traditional Christianity, Saint Peter

Formation: According to traditional Christianity, the 1st century

Website: The Holy Father

The office of the Pope is the papacy. The pope is also head of state of Vatican City, a soveregin city-state entirely enclaved within the Italian capital city of Rome. Popes, who originally had no temporal powers, in some periods of history accrued wide powers similar to those of temporal rulers. In the Middle Ages they played a role of secular importance in Western Europe, often acting as arbitrators between Christian monarchs.

The expansion of the Christian faith and doctrine, the popes are involved in ecumenism and interfaith dialog, charitable work, and the defense of human rights. "Lead By Serving" True leadership then, Pope Francis reminds us, is "not so much about speaking, but rather speaking with our whole lives: living consistently, the very consistency of our lives." It's clear that Pope Francis doesn't see this as a problem, but rather a unique opportunity to learn from someone who has also has the job: "His wisdom is a gift of God.