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His Holiness is a style and form of address (in the variant form Your Holiness) for some supreme religious leaders. The title is most notably used the Pope, Oriental Orthodox
Oriental Orthodox
Patriarchs, and Dalai Lama. Christianity[edit] His Holiness (Latin: Sanctitas) is the official style used to address the Roman Catholic Pope
Pope
and Oriental Orthodox
Oriental Orthodox
Patriarchs. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Ecumenical Patriarch
Patriarch
of Constantinople has the title of His All-Holiness (abbreviation HAH). In February 2013, the Holy See
Holy See
announced that former Pope
Pope
Benedict XVI would retain the style "His Holiness" after resigning and becoming Pope
Pope
Emeritus. The term is sometimes abbreviated to "HH" or "H.H." when confusion with "His/Her Highness" is unlikely. The associated form of address is "Your Holiness". Later, it is also used for certain other Eastern Patriarchs, notably those who head a church or rite which recognizes neither Rome's nor Constantinople's primacy. Other religions[edit] The English language honorific "His Holiness", and as female version "Her Holiness", has commonly been used for religious leaders from other traditions, including Buddhism[1] (for figures such as the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa, and the Je Khenpo
Je Khenpo
in Bhutan), Shinto[2] in Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
Islam for the Caliph and in Dawoodi Bohra
Dawoodi Bohra
sect of Ismaili Shia for esteemed office of Da'i Al-Mutlaq, Syedna. It is also used in certain new religious movements such as Hare Krishnas of Hinduism. References[edit]

^ Royal Albert Hall ticket office: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 19 June 2012 Archived 15 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Asian Tribune: example of reference to "Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the Head Priest of Shinnyo en Temple in Tachikawa, Tokyo",

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