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pontiff

a former title of the pagan high priest at Rome, later used of popes and occasionally of other bishops, and now confined exclusively to the pope
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Peter's Basilica in Vatican City in the heart of Rome, it's expected that the pontiff will carry on in the position until his death.
He was elected pontiff for the burgeoning Christian faithful and the direct successor of St.
The cast of good and not-so-good pontiffs is much broader in Eamon Duffy's Saints & Sinners: A History of the Popes (Yale, 1997) and Richard McBrien's Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St.
The Pontiffs recently performed in Tianamen Square at the behest of Arnold Schwarzenegger for the launch of the Special Olympics.
There are two Armenian pontiffs, representing two Holy Sees.
This is the first time since he has been a consecrated pontiff that he is coming to the United States,'' said Berdj Karapetian, a spokesman for the western prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
The former pontiff could be canonised soon; HUMOUR: Pope John XXIII
Karekin I, appointed leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church in April, is the 131st pontiff in a line dating back to the fourth century.
The pontiff also will visit an Armenian convalescent hospital in Eagle Rock and conduct a prayer service with parishioners of an Armenian apostolic church in Ladera Heights.