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  • (noun): English poet and satirist (1688-1744).
    Synonyms: Alexander Pope
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The pope (from Latin: papa; from Greek: πάππας (pappas), a child's word for father) is the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. In the Catholic Church, the Pope is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter, the Apostle. The current office-holder is Pope Benedict XVI, who was elected in a papal conclave on 19 April 2005.

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Lengths of Papal Reign - Shortest-reigning Popes
... Conversely, there have been a number of popes whose reign lasted less than a month ... Thus, for example, if a pope's reign commenced on 1 August and he died on 2 August, this would count as having reigned for two calendar days ... He is not recognized as a valid pope, but was added to the lists of popes in the 15th century as Stephen II, causing difficulties in enumerating later popes named Stephen ...
1059 - Events
... January 24 – Pope Nicholas II succeeds Pope Stephen IX as the 155th Pope, installed in opposition to Antipope Benedict X ... August – Robert Guiscard signs the Treaty of Melfi with Pope Nicholas II ... makes the College of Cardinals the sole voters in the election of popes ...
Pope Sergius III - Early Career
... He was ordained as a subdeacon by Pope Marinus I, followed by his being raised to the deaconate by Pope Stephen V ... During the pontificate of Pope Formosus (891–896), he was a member of the party of nobles who supported the Emperor Lambert, who was the opponent of Formosus and the pope’s preferred ... of Roman nobility led by his father Benedictus, attempted to have himself elected pope, contrary to the wishes of the emperor Lambert, who was also duke of Spoleto ...
1198 - Events - By Topic - Religion
... January 8 – Pope Innocent III succeeds Pope Celestine III as the 176th pope ...
Pope Stephen IX
... Pope Stephen IX (c. 1020 – 29 March 1058) was Pope from 3 August 1057 to 29 March 1058 ... who had been raised to the cardinalate by Pope Leo IX, for some time discharged the function of papal legate at Constantinople ...

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    An honest man’s the noblest work of God.
    —Alexander Pope (1688–1744)

    Words are like leaves; and where they most abound,
    Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.
    —Alexander Pope (1688–1744)

    In men we various ruling passions find,
    In women, two almost divide the kind;
    Those, only fixed, they first or last obey,
    The love of pleasure, and the love of sway.
    —Alexander Pope (1688–1744)