Pope Francis. Spiritual Leader and Voice of the Poor by Amanda Lanser

By Amanda Lanser

A biography of Pope Frances, the 1st Latin American pope.

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Constantine I was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. He spent his reign turning the empire into a Christian state. Christianity was recognized as a religion in Constantine’s Edict of Milan shortly before he began construction on the Vatican. Over the next 1,700 years, the Catholic Church raised walls and constructed buildings at the Vatican. There are six entrances to the city, but only three Vatican City occupies only approximately 110 acres (44 ha). 61 are open to the public.

He helped shape the Baroque style of art, which is distinctive for its richness, grandeur, ornateness, and drama.

The Roman Catholic Church has strong roots in Argentina. 2 Catholicism has a preferred status in the country’s constitution even though the body of laws also protects an individual’s freedom of religion. Sometimes, this relationship can create conflicts between the church and the government. Disagreements also arise between conservative and liberal Argentines. Each side uses its own interpretation of church teachings to validate its beliefs. It was not long before Bergoglio began taking on leadership roles within the Argentine church.

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