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pontificate in Christianity topic

pontificatepon‧tif‧i‧cate2 /pɒnˈtɪfɪkət $ pɑːn-/ noun [countable]  RRCthe position or period of being Pope
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pontificateEverything Rossi says is illustrated by the story of Humanae Vitae, which proved to be the central crisis of his pontificate.Otherwise his pontificate has little political significance.The new pope was given the name Innocent by the archdeacon and invested with the scarlet mantle which signified his pontificate.The long struggle by popes and bishops for celibacy among the clergy was not over by Innocent's pontificate.Nevertheless, Leo's pontificate did not realize the hopes it awoke.Melloni uses these data to argue that the influence of Pius prevailed as the pontificate wore on.Following Peter's collection, there were two more unofficial collections for the pontificate.From this pontificate come, not surprisingly, important collections of church, or canon, law.