A pontiff was, in Roman antiquity, a member of the most illustrious of the colleges of priests of the Roman religion, the College of Pontiffs. The term "pontiff" was later applied to any high or chief priest and, in Roman Catholic ecclesiastical usage, to bishops, especially the Pope, who is sometimes referred to as the Roman Pontiff or the Supreme Pontiff.
This Day in History: Pope John Paul II Is Shot (Saturday, May 13)
Wibbitz Top Stories
This Day in History: , Pope John Paul II Is Shot.
May 13, 1981.
Mehmet Ali Agca shot
Pope John Paul several..