The period of the time during which a pope is within office.
A succession or line of popes: the Medici papacy.
Roman Catholic Church The system of church government headed because of the pope.
any office of this pope.
the time of a specific pope's reign.
any office and dignity associated with the pope, or pontiff, of Rome; papal jurisdiction.
The popes, collectively; the succession of popes.
The Roman Catholic faith; -- commonly used because of the opponents for the Roman Catholics in disparagement or perhaps in an opprobrious feeling.
The office, dignity, and authority of this Pope or Bishop of Rome; the papal; jurisdiction; the ecclesiastical business subject to the Pope.
The succession or line of popes, along with its ecclesiastical and governmental practices.
That system of ecclesiastical government which acknowledges and it is based upon the apostolic primacy and supreme authority associated with Pope or Bishop of Rome on the church universal; the Church of Rome; the Roman Catholic Church.
the federal government regarding the Roman Catholic Church