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Why Is the Pope Called the “Holy Father” Instead of Just “Father?”

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Why is the pope called the "Holy Father" instead of just "Father?"

Answer:

Catholics call the pope “Holy Father” not as an acknowledgement of his personal state of soul but as an expression of respect for his office as successor to Peter and head of the Church on earth. His is a holy office.

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