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pontificate

noun [C]     /pɒnˈtɪf.ɪ.kət/ US  /pɑːn-/ formal
the period of office of a pope (= leader of the Roman Catholic Church ): The decision was made during the pontificate of Pope John XX.Religious leaders and officials
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