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POPE. The chief of the catholic religion is so called. He is a temporal prince. He is elected by certain officers called cardinals, and remains in power during life. In the 9th Collation of the Authentics it is declared the bishop of Rome hath the first place of sitting in all assemblies, and the bishop of Constantinople the second. Ridley's View, part 1, chap. 3, sect. 10.
     2. The pope has no political authority in the United States.

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A whole popedom of forms, one pulsation of virtue can uplift and vivify.
Of Nicholas, Machiavelli has this to say: "He was the first of the popes who openly revealed his personal ambition, and who attempted, under the pretext of aggrandizing the Church, to honor and assist his own relatives" - first his immediate relatives, then their sons, and "in the future they may strive to leave them the popedom as hereditary.