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Papacy
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1. The pope (from Gk., papas, ‘father’) is the spiritual and secular sovereign of the Catholic Church, with his seat in Rome: he is plenipotentiary of doctrine, ordination, and leadership, including the power of sanction. His full title reads: “Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles [Peter], Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Patriarch …

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Rademacher, Stephan and Auffarth, Christoph, “Papacy”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00338>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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