Monday, December 20, 2004

The Pope, Vatican city
Pope, in Latin, papa, from the Greek pappas, meaning “father,” an ecclesiastical title expressing affection and respect and, since the 8th century, recognized in the West as belonging exclusively to the bishop of Rome, head of the Roman Catholic church. During the 4th and 5th centuries bishops were sometimes called pope. The title is still accorded the Coptic patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt. Priests of the Orthodox churches may also be called pappa, reflecting the sense of the original Greek word.
John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyła on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland

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