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pon·tiff

 (pŏn′tĭf)
n.
1.
a. The pope.
b. A bishop.
2. A pontifex.

[French pontife, from Old French pontif, from Latin pontifex, pontifex; see pent- in Indo-European roots.]

pontiff

(ˈpɒntɪf)
n
(Roman Catholic Church) 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
[C17: from French pontife, from Latin pontifex]

pon•tiff

(ˈpɒn tɪf)

n.
1.
a. the Roman Catholic pope; the Bishop of Rome.
b. a bishop.
3. any high or chief priest.
[1600–10; earlier pontife < French, short for Latin pontifex pontifex]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pontiff - the head of the Roman Catholic Churchpontiff - the head of the Roman Catholic Church
papacy, pontificate - the government of the Roman Catholic Church
spiritual leader - a leader in religious or sacred affairs
Catholic - a member of a Catholic church
antipope - someone who is elected pope in opposition to another person who is held to be canonically elected; "the antipopes resided in Avignon during the Great Schism"
Translations
قَداسَة البابا
biskuppapež
pave
pápa: Róma püspöke
biskup; páfi
popiežius
bīskapspāvests

pontiff

[ˈpɒntɪf] Npontífice m

pontiff

[ˈpɒntɪf] npontife m

pontiff

nPontifex m; (= pope also)Papst m

pontiff

[ˈpɒntɪf] npontefice m

pontiff

(ˈpontif) noun
(in the Roman Catholic church) a bishop, especially the Pope.
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So he should be ready for some retaliation, and saying that in Latin might deter the victim from hitting the Supreme Pontiff back.
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Gradually the incredulous Roman Catholic world has got the message: here is a Supreme Pontiff who not only preaches the Assisi gospel, but lives it.
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was elected as Supreme Pontiff, the 265th successor of Peter on Wednesday, March 13, 2013," read a statement on the church website.
He was the apostolic nuncio, the Vatican's ambassador, in Brazil between 2002 and 2012, during the entire time that Benedict was the supreme pontiff.
Or to give His Holiness his full title, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Patriarch of the West, Primate.
The Iranian official appreciated good cooperation of the Vatican Ministry of Culture and Supreme Pontiff Council with Organization of Culture and Islamic Communication, especially for holding the 8th round of talks between Iran and Vatican scholars.