One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The Bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic Church.
pontiff, sovereign pontiff, supreme pontiff, bishop of rome, holy father, vicar of christ, his holinessView synonyms
- ‘From the 1400s some Iraqi Nestorians accepted overtures from Rome and acknowledged the pope, becoming Catholics.’
- ‘The fact of the matter is that historiography correctly proves that the early popes of the Roman Catholic Church were of African descent.’
- ‘The meeting shows the millennium-old spiritual closeness between the popes of Rome and your noble people.’
- ‘From around the 15th century, a succession of ambitious popes ensured that Rome was graced with churches and public buildings which reflected their city's, and therefore their own, importance.’
- ‘The return of the popes to Rome after their exile in Avignon in the second decade of the century probably encouraged a new internationalism, as Dufay's career in Rome and his relations with Florence, Ferrara, and Rimini show.’
- ‘That is the Catholic bishops, archbishops, papal nuncios, cardinals, popes.’
- ‘From the 8th century its rulers were elected German kings, who usually sought, but did not always receive, imperial coronation by the popes in Rome.’
- ‘The most powerful church leaders were the bishop of Rome, called the pope, in the West and the patriarch of Constantinople in the East.’
- ‘Expatriate artists and artisans, brought to Rome by provincial popes to celebrate their papacies in local styles, did not go home.’
- ‘Henry VIII was a Roman Catholic and the head of this church was the pope based in Rome.’
- ‘Following his visit to Sinai the pope returned to Rome.’
- ‘Certainly the pope and the church's cardinals and bishops must correct the mistakes of the past.’
- ‘In another case, hundreds of people have complained to the BBC about a comic animation series about the pope and the Roman Catholic Church, due to be broadcast next year.’
- ‘As the successors of Peter in Rome, the popes laid claim to apostolic supremacy, just as Peter had been given primacy over the apostles in the mother community in Jerusalem after the Resurrection of Christ.’
- ‘As such, it is also the cathedral church of the pope, who is the Bishop of Rome.’
- ‘During his Rome visit, Teilhard had hoped to meet with the pope, Pius XII, but was unable to gain an audience.’
- ‘All the media focus on Rome when a new pope is elected distorts the nature of the church itself.’
- ‘The pope has led Roman Catholics worldwide for the past 26 years, the third-longest papacy in history.’
- ‘During the Great Schism from 1378 to 1417 one reason for Scotland's recognition of the Avignon popes was that the English were supporting the rival popes at Rome.’
- ‘The Catholic Church has the pope and prominent bishops.’
- 1.1 The head of the Coptic Church, the Bishop or Patriarch of Alexandria.
- ‘The Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria is likewise designated by the non-biblical title of pope.’
- ‘‘The pope's attitude has provoked much unhappiness on the Coptic street,’ Ishaq said.’
2another term for ruffe
Old English, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek papas ‘bishop, patriarch’, variant of Greek pappas ‘father’.
A parish priest of the Orthodox Church in Russia and the Balkans.
Mid 17th century: from Russian pop, from Old Church Slavonic popŭ.
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