Pope fourth most powerful person in world: Forbes

Pope Francis is the fourth most powerful person in the world, according to Forbes magazine.

The Pope was ranked behind Russian president Vladimir Putin, German chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Barack Obama in Forbes’s 2015 list.

The Pontiff was ranked ahead of Chinese president Xi Jinping, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.

“Pope Francis has made it his mission to transform the longstanding conservative image of the Catholic Church,” the US business magazine stated.

Pope Francis was ranked fourth in the Forbes list last year too.

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