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'''Pope''' is a title of honor, meaning "papa" or "father" in Greek, given to the [[primate|primatial bishop]] of the [[Church of Alexandria]]. 
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]].
[[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.
==Current popes==
*The current Orthodox Pope of Alexandria is [[Theodoros II (Choreftakis) of Alexandria|Theodoros II]].
*The current [[Church of Alexandria (Coptic)|Coptic Orthodox]] Pope of Alexandria is [[Shenouda III (Gayyid) of Alexandria|Shenouda III]]. 
*The current [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]] Pope of Rome is [[Benedict XVI]].
*There are many other [[priest|priests]] and [[bishop|bishops]] that are called "pope".

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