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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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And Bergoglio did just that, picking "Francis," until now unused by Pontiffs as an assumed name.
Noting that half of the Popes had picked the names of one of the 10 previous Pontiffs, Akin said the natural choice would be any name among Benedict XVII, John Paul III, Paul VII, John XXIV, Pius XIII or Leo XIV.
According to Canon Law -- rules that govern how the Roman Catholic Church operates -- there is nothing to prevent the pontiff from resigning.
If it should happen that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that he makes the resignation freely and that it be duly manifested, but not that it be accepted by anyone," according to Canon 332, No.
During his traditional weekly appearance to bless the faithful, the pontiff quoted from writings of St Bernard on the subject of overwork.
Pope Pius XII, who used Benedict's wartime policies as a model for his own during World War II, was not the first pontiff to confront genocide.
In the last couple of years there's been a storm gathering around the Vatican regarding good and bad pontiffs, a storm that came to a head in September when John Paul II beatified both John XXIII and Pius IX.
Feargal will be known to many as one of the Supreme Pontiffs who made their name on television shows including Last Chance Lottery, Let Me Entertain You and PK Tonight.
Aram I, who is one of two Armenian pontiffs and serves as the chairman of the World Council of Churches, will be in California for three weeks, and will visit with Gov.
THE embalmed body of Pope John XXIII was displayed in St Peter's Square yesterday in a tribute to one of the best-loved pontiffs of modern times.
Peter, 130 Armenian pontiffs carry on the line of their first leader, St.