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Geopolitics of Papal Traveling: (Re)Constructing a Catholic Landscape in Europe

Center for Religion and Modernity, 48149 Münster, Germany
Received: 10 September 2020 / Revised: 5 October 2020 / Accepted: 8 October 2020 / Published: 13 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catholicism and European Politics)
For the popes, traveling has developed into a key instrument for mobilizing masses, spreading messages, and shaping public Catholic identities. Traveling ranks high within the papal efforts to (re)construct a Catholic landscape in Europe. Thus, comparing the European travel schedules of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis in the context of their global journeys can help to understand their different conceptualizations of Europe. While both popes share the focus on Marian shrines, mass events, Parliamentary addresses, and interfaith encounters that has been established by their predecessors, their geopolitical strategies differ completely. Benedict XVI placed visits to major European nations and regions at the center of his travel schedule and tried to strengthen a historical Catholic identity. Francis shifted the focus of papal traveling to other continents and approached Europe from the periphery. He has visited the European institutions in Strasbourg and tried to shape an interreligious public identity of Europe. View Full-Text
Keywords: pope; Europe; Catholicism; geopolitics; travelling; Pope Benedict XVI; Pope Francis pope; Europe; Catholicism; geopolitics; travelling; Pope Benedict XVI; Pope Francis
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Barbato, M.P. Geopolitics of Papal Traveling: (Re)Constructing a Catholic Landscape in Europe. Religions 2020, 11, 525. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rel11100525

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Barbato MP. Geopolitics of Papal Traveling: (Re)Constructing a Catholic Landscape in Europe. Religions. 2020; 11(10):525. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rel11100525

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