Service of unity. 4. Teaching Office
What is the pope called in the Catholic Church?
The pope ( Latin: papa, from Greek: πάππας, romanized : pappas, father), also known as supreme pontiff ( Pontifex maximus or Summus Pontifex) or Roman pontiff ( Romanus Pontifex ), is the bishop of Rome, head of the worldwide Catholic Church and head of state or sovereign of the Vatican City State.
Why is the pope considered one of the most powerful people?
The pope is considered one of the worlds most powerful people due to the extensive diplomatic, cultural, and spiritual influence of his position on both 1.3 billion Catholics and those outside the Catholic faith, and because he heads the worlds largest non-government provider of education and health care, with a vast network of charities.