Pronunciation: (pā'pu-sē), [key]
—pl. -cies. Rom. Cath. Ch.
1. the office, dignity, or jurisdiction of the pope.
2. the system of ecclesiastical government in which the pope is recognized as the supreme head.
3. the period during which a certain pope is in office.
4. the succession or line of the popes.
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