But then the Argentine pontiff did something decidedly unpopelike.
When Pope Benedict XVI retires on February 28, he will be the first pontiff in 600 years to leave his post by choice.
The Argentine pontiff, who will turn 77 on December 17, beat out an impressive field of competitors.
With more threats than ever on the Vatican, is the pontiff making a dangerous mistake?
He rode in the popemobile and held the papal umbrella when the pontiff had to be out in the rain.
It was necessary that there should be a decisive struggle between evangelical truth and the representatives of the pontiff.
It was she, and not Belisarius, who interrogated the pontiff.
But the progress of our narrative will lead us to introduce some less flattered sketches of the Medicean pontiff.
Vex not yourself, holy Raimond, I will answer it to the pontiff.
It was from the senate that he received the ancient titles of the republic--of consul, tribune, pontiff, and censor.
c.1600, "high priest," from French pontif (early 16c.), from Latin pontifex, title of a Roman high priest (see pontifex). Used for "bishop" in Church Latin, but not recorded in that sense in English until 1670s, specifically "the bishop of Rome," the pope. Pontifical, however, is used with this sense from mid-15c.