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In Medieval 2 Total War, your standing with the Pope / Papacy is an extremely important factor. What choices impact your standing with the pope? Does the number of churches and priests I have even matter?

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I love the question titles on Gaming... – bwarner Jan 11 '11 at 22:36
+1 for title... – Viper_Sb Jan 11 '11 at 22:51
Sending him flowers each year seems to help – Ivo Flipse Jan 12 '11 at 9:43
@IvoFlipse wrong genre. – C. Ross Oct 19 '12 at 19:15
up vote 4 down vote accepted

According to this GameFaqs strategy guide, the following works for maintaining a good relationship with the Pope:

"Doing missions for the Pope, not fighting other Catholics, and giving the Pope large sums of money are good ways to maintain a healthy relationship with him."

The strategy guide also mentions assassinating the Pope to try to get someone more favorable to you to be the Pope and bribery for when you get excommunicated.

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Why the downvote? – indyK1ng Jan 13 '11 at 19:36
that was me but for the life of me I can't tell why. I edited your post so I could replace it with an upvote – tzenes Jan 14 '11 at 3:24
I think that if you click the downvote again, you undo the downvote and then you can select the upvote. I think. – indyK1ng Jan 14 '11 at 4:25
You have to do it fairly quickly though. Editing (as tzenes did) lets you change your vote. – C. Ross Jan 14 '11 at 13:32
@C.Ross Oh, I didn't realize that it had to be done quickly, I thought you could just change your vote whenever. This way if someone downvotes then finds out a few days later that the answer was right they could change it. Thanks for letting me know. – indyK1ng Jan 14 '11 at 16:40

Usually, replace him with a friendly pope. Barring that, large sums of money.

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Yes, the number of churches and priests matter. If your relationship with the Pope is at rock bottom, you can send him gifts, then ally with him, etc. Crusades in which you where active also count for your standing with the Pope.

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