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PRELATE. The name of an ecclesiastical officer. There are two orders of prelates; the first is composed of bishops, and the second, of abbots, generals of orders, deans, &c.

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are among 279 bishops, prelates and priests announced as voting participants, coming from countries and regions all over the world.
bishops named today to take part in the proceedings, giving the American delegation a total of eight prelates able to vote.
Patriarch Rahi and prelates dined together next where they discussed challenges and potential threats facing their respective churches.
The essays, written mainly by Irish contributors, are organized in three sections devoted to princes, prelates, and poets.
offers the reader much material about the post-Holocaust trajectory of the three prelates with respect to Catholic Jewish relations, there is little to nothing about their pre-World War II sentiments, context, and theological vision.
It is also empowered to put on trial, and pronounce sentence on, bishops and even the Prelate.
A prelate from Iraq about to be made a cardinal said Pope Benedict had told him he hoped his elevation would help reconciliation among Christians and Muslims in his country.
Once inside the chapel, the prelates can decide to hold a first ballot, or continue to reflect and begin voting tomorrow.
Once inside the chapel, the prelates can decide to hold a first ballot late this afternoon, or continue to reflect and begin voting tomorrow.
MIDNIGHT - Traffic is banned in Vatican City to help ensure the safety of dignitaries and pilgrims watching the service7am - Intimate ceremony attended only by high- ranking prelates for the private rites.
The two-minute video was filmed during a meeting with prelates in the Pope's hospital suite.
Even before Bush's plea for help from the Vatican, the church hierarchy had provided pronouncements on how Catholic bishops worldwide should deal with communion and politicians, which influenced some of the ultra-conservative Catholic prelates in the States.