The title of a character found in Tarot cards based upon the Pope on the Roman Catholic Church. As the Bishop of Rome is an office always forbidden to women there is no formal feminine of Pope, which comes from the Latin word papa (an affectionate form of the Latin for father ). Indeed, the Oxford English Dictionary does not contain the word. 
The mythical Pope Joan , who was reportedly a woman, is always referred to with the masculine title pope, even when her female identity is known. Further, even if a woman were to become Bishop of Rome it is unclear if she would take the title popess; a parallel might be drawn with the Anglican Communion whose female clergy use the masculine titles of priest and bishop as opposed to priestess or bishopess .
Nonetheless some European languages, along with English, have formed a feminine form of the word pope, such as the Italian papessa , the French papesse , and the German Päpstin .