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The German pope who took on the secular world

The statue of St Peter in St Peter’s Square: Gregory VII pushed his vision of an aggressively proactive papacy to its ultimate conclusions  (Photo: CNS)

An extract from Eamon Duffy’s new book, Ten Popes Who Shook the World