Definition of papacy
1 : the office of pope
2 : a succession or line of popes
3 : the term of a pope's reign
4 capitalized : the system of government of the Roman Catholic Church of which the pope is the supreme head
Examples of papacy in a Sentence
He was selected by the cardinals for the papacy.
Recent Examples of papacy from the Web
Francis removed the cardinal from power in 2013, eight months into his papacy.
Dr. Navarro-Valls was working as Rome correspondent for the Spanish daily ABC in 1984 when John Paul, then six years into his papacy, persuaded him to oversee the Vatican media operations.
Read more here, and read about America’s changing perceptions of the papacy here.
The Argentine Jesuit, who has emphasized the church’s merciful face during his four-year papacy, recalled Mazzolari’s exhortation that a priest’s job isn’t to demand perfection from the faithful, but to encourage them to do their best.
Francis in his papacy has repeatedly denounced trafficking and the exploitation of children.
There’s no central governing structure similar to the papacy in the Roman Catholic Church.
The child of an Italian immigrant to Argentina, Francis has made humility a distinguishing feature of his papacy.
Perhaps the most famous example of that is the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, named for the papacy, which was moved from Rome to Avignon for a period of time in the 14th century.
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PAPACY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of papacy for English Language Learners
the papacy : the office or position of the pope
: the time when a particular pope is in power
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