PREVIOUS APPEARANCES ON THE TIME 100: 2
PRO: His six-day U.S. visit last spring drew large crowds and re-energized the Catholic Church. Attempted to heal his strained relationship with the Islamic community, holding a Catholic-Muslim seminar at the Vatican.
CON: He recently reinstated (and then re-excommunicated) a Holocaust-denying bishop, a p.r. fiasco that outraged Jewish leaders and raised questions about Benedict's leadership.