pope question

when did the church use the term pope for the first time?

[quote=frankieg]when did the church use the term pope for the first time?
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it is unclear, as the term pope is simply an anglicised version of the greek papa (father), and is meant as a term of endearment. The Greeks have been refering to their religious leaders as papa for as long as anyone can remember, even Paul called himself Timothy’s father.

[quote=Scott_Lafrance]it is unclear, as the term pope is simply an anglicised version of the greek papa (father), and is meant as a term of endearment. The Greeks have been refering to their religious leaders as papa for as long as anyone can remember, even Paul called himself Timothy’s father.
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Indeed, and Peter in I Peter 5:13 refers to “my son Mark.”

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