the papacy


: the office or position of the pope

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Recent Examples on the Web Yet as much as any Protestant, Manzoni was aware of and disgusted by the frequently corrupt and demoralizing history of the papacy. David Harsanyi, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Surprising Fact Despite his differences with Pope Francis, Burke has at times also been seen as a candidate for the papacy. William Skipworth, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 At the time, many said this could set a new modern precedent for papal succession where the papacy typically isn’t served until death. William Skipworth, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The messengers of the papacy The Mongol conquest paved the way for long-distance cultural, religious and commercial exchanges across the vast Eurasian continent. Huaiyu Chen, The Conversation, 24 Aug. 2023 Or, on the contrary, does one present the Court in a way similar to Martin Luther’s pronouncement of the papacy as devoid of any intrinsic authority or duty to be obeyed? Laurence H. Tribe, The New York Review of Books, 17 Aug. 2023 His meeting with the immensely influential Sistani epitomized this approach of comity and understanding, as well as Francis’s belief that the papacy, which initiated the First Crusade against the Holy Land nearly a millennium ago, must be used to bridge divides. Victor Gaetan, Foreign Affairs, 12 Mar. 2021 The archbishop is a longtime ally and friend of the Argentine Pope Francis, dating back to the pontiff's days as archbishop of Buenos Aires prior to his election to the papacy in 2013 following the historic resignation of Benedict XVI that year. Jeremiah Poff, Washington Examiner, 10 July 2023 No comparable institution to the papacy exists in Islam, but certain religious leaders do enjoy great standing. Victor Gaetan, Foreign Affairs, 12 Mar. 2021

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