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What is the role of the pope in the Catholic Church?
Papacy, the office and jurisdiction of the bishop of Rome, the pope (Latin papa, from Greek pappas, 鈥渇ather鈥?, who presides over the central government of the Roman Catholic Church, the largest of the three major branches of Christianity.
Who is the leader of the Catholic Church?
The pope is leader of the Roman Catholic Church. (There is also a pope who leads the Coptic Church, but this Church has dwindled since the Muslim conquest of Egypt .) The Pope is the leader of the Catholic Church which includes about 20 rites including the Roman or Latin rite. All rites, however, are in full communion with the Pope.
Why doesn’t the Holy Father lead every branch of Christianity?
The Holy Father doesn’t lead any branch of Christianity for the simple reason that Christianity as established by Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, cannot have any branches. Our Blessed Lord was very emphatic in establishing only one Church, which He founded on the Apostle Peter (and his successors-the Popes), read St. Matthew 16:17-19.
How many popes have there been in the Catholic Church?
In 1073, however, Pope Gregory VII restricted its use to the bishop of Rome, confirming a practice that had existed since the 9th century. According to the Annuario Pontificio, the papal annual, there have been more than 260 popes since St. Peter, traditionally considered the first pope.