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tussenpaus ? (??? please provide the plural!, ??? please provide the diminutive!)
- (literally) An 'intermediary' pope, whose pontificate (term of office) is so short or uneventful he's rarely mentioned except in lists of popes
- (figuratively) An incumbent whose main function is not to exerce the office but to 'keep the seat warm' or prepare the way for a far more notable successor, but fully titled, without being formally styled 'ad interim'
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