- a bishop.
- the Roman Catholic pope, the Bishop of Rome.
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Until this week, he had never been hospitalized in his years as pontiff, according to what is publicly known.
In 2014, Francis said that Benedict — the first pope to step down in 700 years — had “opened a door” for other pontiffs to follow suit.
The late pontiff is seen as a national hero in his homeland for supporting the pro-democracy movement that overthrew the communist government in 1989.The Unorthodox Priest Leading Poland's Fight for LGBTQ Rights|Madeline Roache|June 18, 2021|Time
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published it less than five months after the pontiff publicly endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples.Vatican says Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions|Michael K. Lavers|March 15, 2021|Washington Blade
But the current pontiff, for reasons one might fully understand, declined to meet the would-be papal assassin.
The pontiff blasts the selfishness, arrogance and detachment of the cardinals in Rome.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With more threats than ever on the Vatican, is the pontiff making a dangerous mistake?Is The Pope Unprotected Now That He’s Fired the Head of the Swiss Guards?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was released in 2010, and now wants to meet Pope Francis when the pontiff visits Turkey next week.
First, in his opening remarks yesterday, the pontiff towed a much more conservative line than his legion of new fans might expect.
Leo II, pope, died; an able and resolute pontiff; established the kiss of peace at the mass, and the use of holy water.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
In the article on "China" it will be seen that the emperor is the chief pontiff, and that the worship is august and simple.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Far and wide over that mighty throng the pontiff threw his voice, clear as a trumpet, yet musical and soulful.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
But the youth and inexperience of Riaro excused the enormity of a crime perpetrated under the sanction of the supreme pontiff.Rule of the Monk|Giuseppe Garibaldi
The new pontiff-king had effected many innovations in religious ceremonies.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 5|Hubert Howe Bancroft