Benedict may well want to cut short the time available for the cardinals to politick, posture, and pontificate, as it were.
The restoration of the pontificate to Rome in 1375 was shortly followed by the Great Schism.
But it was not so with that pontificate on which the Church was built.
It was also during the pontificate of Urban, about the year 1626, that the burlesque style was first brought into notice in Rome.
The Cardinal was an early riser, and was to pontificate at high mass in the Lateran.
The period comprised by the third volume of this admirable history extends from the pontificate of Sylvester II.
Given at Lyons, on the 3rd of July, in the fifth year of our pontificate.
It is dated: "Given at Rome, the 13th day of May, 1580, the eighth of our pontificate."
In the next place he was an upholder of the Maccabean pontificate.
In the pontificate of Nicholas V. it was destroyed by an inundation.
1818, "to act as a pontiff," from Medieval Latin pontificatus, past participle of pontificare "to be a pontifex," from Latin pontifex (see pontiff). Meaning "to assume pompous and dignified airs, issue dogmatic decrees" is from 1825. Meaning "to say (something) in a pontifical way" is from 1922. Related: Pontificated; pontificating.
1580s, from Latin pontificatus "office of a pontiff," from pontifex (see pontifex).