I love the pope guys, they're stupifyingly easy to beat up, Rome isn't too tough to conquer etc etc.
Being a realist though, I have to admit I only like them because they're so fiercly under powered.
As a little addendum though, your cross is very nice, but I think i'd rather have it on display in my library than to use it in mortal combat
Btw, will we see an update to kingdom management in the next version? 16 factions is enough for a little while, kingdom and game mechanics need tweaking though, better income from fiefs, tourny betting etc etc.