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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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Later, Frattini writes, "As Paul VI wrote in his encyclical Ecclesiam suam [historical/scholarly diversion; Latin's always good], 'Take away the sovereign pontiff and the Catholic church would no longer be Catholic' [quote].
History will retain the imprint and the memory of this exceptional sovereign pontiff.
He added that history "will retain the imprint and the memory of this exceptional sovereign pontiff, whose charisma, conviction and compassion carried the evangelical message with unprecedented resonance on the international stage."
I have never taken part in politics; I have never voted, and the last event in the political realm that truly concerned me or had anything to do with me in a clear and honest way was the fall of Constantinople at the hands of the Turks on May 29, 1453, nor have I failed to recognize that I still have not gotten over the trip to Canossa by the Salic King Henry IV in January 1077 to pay homage to the Sovereign Pontiff Gregory VII--a trip of such ill-fated consequences for the Christian West.
The affair came to the notice of the Sovereign Pontiff in the last instance, after the governor of Rome was alerted but felt incompetent to act.