- the Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria.
- (in certain churches) a parish priest.
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- a title sometimes given to a parish priest
- a title sometimes given to the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria
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Cultural definitions for pope
The head of the Roman Catholic Church. The pope is believed by his church to be the successor to the Apostle Peter. He is bishop of Rome and lives in a tiny nation within Rome called the Vatican. Catholics believe that when the pope speaks officially on matters of faith and morals, he speaks infallibly (see papal infallibility). (See also John XXIII and John Paul II.)