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For the country itself, see the Papal States.

The institute of the Papacy is the religious center of the Catholic faith, a moral authority for all Catholic nations. It is 'located' in the Papal States, but is separate from the country and will reform elsewhere if the country no longer exists. All Catholic nations have influence with this institute (Papal Influence), and can control its high-ranking officials (the Curia). One nation is designated the current Papal Controller, also known as the Curia Controller, earning bonuses and able to use its power diplomatically (see below).
Do note that as Byzantium, the Papacy can be disabled when the Pentarchy is restored.


The Papal Controller will gain the following bonuses:


The Curia controller can excommunicate an enemy. This requires the enemy to be Catholic, and for the Papal States to have a negative opinion of the target. If the Papal States do not exist this requirement is waived and the Curia Controller can excommunicate any Catholic ruler. Excommunication gives every other Catholic nation a Casus Belli against them and increases yearly decay of prestige.

Excommunication Penalties

  • Yearly prestige.png Yearly Prestige : -2
  • (unrecognized string “tolerance” for Template:Icon) Tolerance of the True Faith : -3
  • Papal influence.png Yearly Papal Influence : -10
  • Icon diplomacy relations.png Relation with Catholic nations: -50
  • Icon diplomacy relations.png Relation with Catholic theocracies: -200

Call a crusade

The Curia controller can also call a crusade against a single target. This target must be a heathen and the Papal States must have an opinion of -50 of the target. Catholic nations that border the crusade target receive a Casus Belli against it, and all Catholic nations at war with the crusade target receive bonuses to manpower, morale, prestige and yearly papal influence while they are at war with them.

Crusade Bonuses:

  • National Tax Modifier Bonus : +10%
  • Morale of Armies : +10%
  • National Manpower Modifier : +30%
  • Yearly Prestige : +1
  • Monthly Papal Influence : +2

The Curia

The curia is a group of cardinals that increase the papal influence of the nation they are from. There are 49 seats for cardinals in the curia. If any seat is empty, a new cardinal will be added to the curia at the beginning of each year. New cardinals are chosen from among the Catholic provinces of Catholic nations. Rich provinces are more likely to produce a cardinal, and nations that already have cardinals will be less likely to receive more. The chance of a cardinal being selected from any country can be seen in the tooltip over the Active Cardinals ribbon in the papacy interface.

Papal influence

Papal influence is earned by all catholic countries and can be spent in exchange of various benefits to the nation.

The yearly gain in papal influence is:

  • Base: +0.5
  • Controlled cardinals: +0.5 each
  • Papal state opinion: +0.5% per positive relation

Papal influence can be spent in the following manner:

Action Papal Influence Cost Effect
Invest influence 5 + 0.5 * current influence Gain +10 influence towards next election of controller
Levy church tax 100 Gain 3x monthly income
Grant indulgence for sins 100 Gain +10 legitimacy
Forgive usury 25 Gain -1 interest per annum for 25 years
Send papal legate 30 Gain one of four random advisors among inquisitor, theologian, statesman, or diplomat
Bless ruler 40 Gain +10 prestige
Beatify local saint 100 Gain +1 stability
Proclaim holy war 40 Gain 3x monthly manpower
Sanction commercial monopoly 100 Gain +1 mercantilism