The title was also used historically by the pre-[[Great Schism|schism]] [[Church of Rome]] (and its modern descendant, the [[Roman Catholic Church]]) and continues to be used by the [[Oriental Orthodox]] [[Church of Alexandria (Coptic)|Coptic Orthodox Church]]. The Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria holds the title of ''Pope'', but often uses [[Patriarch]].
The title Papa (Pope) was first used by [[Heraklas of Alexandria|Heraklas]] who was the thirteenth Bishop of Alexandria, from 232 to 249. The title was assumed by John I, the Bishop of Rome from 523 to 526.
[[Old Believers]], [[Russian Orthodox Church|Russian]], [[Serbian Orthodox Church|Serbian]], [[Bulgarian Orthodox Church|Bulgarian]], [[Romanian Orthodox Church|Romanian]], [[Moldovan Orthodox Church|Malovan]], and [[Ukrainian Orthodox Church|Ukrainian]] Churches use the word ''pope'' (поп, піп) as a synonym for ''priest'', though when addressing a priest they will usually call him ''batiushka'' ("father"). However, depending on the speaker, this term might be one that is used derogatorily against the priest.