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A person claiming to be or elected pope in opposition to the one chosen by church law, as during a schism.

[Middle English, from Old French antipape, from Medieval Latin antipāpa : Latin anti-, anti- + pāpa, pope; see pope.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) a rival pope elected in opposition to one who has been canonically chosen
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(ˈæn tɪˌpoʊp)

a person who is elected or claims to be pope in opposition to another held to be canonically chosen.
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Noun1.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"
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[ˈæntɪpəʊp] Nantipapa m
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ROME -- An Italian Catholic priest who considers Pope Francis an antipope and claims to have supernatural communications with angels, saints and the Madonna has been excommunicated.
Among specific topics are the official records of the Council, the revival of Papalism at the Council of Basel, lawyers and legal proceedings in the Council, the Council and negotiations with the Greeks, and Felix V as the last antipope. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
Good thing that no antipope ever came into contact with an actual pope, as that could potentially be catechismic!
There have been nine popes who carried that name: from Bonifatius Primus (Boniface I) to Bonifatius Nonus (Boniface IX), although the seventh one was antipope.
antipope. org/charlie/blog-static/2014/02 /schadenfreude-l.html.
The Philosophe says not a word about Charles IV's herculean effort to associate the HRE with "Saint" Charlemagne (Frederick Barbarossa's antipope had him canonized in 1165) and the newly acquired relics (of Charlemagne and of the Passion) at Prague.
Eugenius endured multiple crises during his papal tenure, such as the rival Council of Basel, the antipope Felix V, Eugenius' flight from Rome in 1434, and constant war against the various political powers of Italy.
In 1415, Pope Gregory XII resigned in an effort to put an end to the so-called 'Western Schism' 6 a complex web of affairs in which two others -- the Avignon Pope Benedict XIII and the Antipope John XXIII 6 also claimed the papacy.
In 1135, a time when the Church was divided by a schism which had led to the election of Anacletus II as antipope, Bernard of Clairvaux began to write a series of sermons (never completed) on the "Song of Songs." At the time of his death in 1153 they numbered 86.
Help us picture how, on horseback, trudging through a rustic medieval village, former apostolic secretary Poggio Bracciolini, freed from his service to the recently disgraced Antipope John XXIII, searches for a long-lost manuscript by the Roman materialist poet, Lucretius.