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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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And beyond those 14, eight other U.S dioceses are already operating without a bishop after retirements and transferals of their former prelates to other areas.
The prelate also believes that the incident was trying to convey a message to everyone.
Valentina Alazraki, a Mexican television reporter who has covered five papacies, put the earlier attitude of the Church succinctly when she told the assembled prelates that they could no longer "play ostrich" and bury their heads in the sand.
Despite his 'dramatic' remark against the prelates, Duterte respects the Christian faith as shown by his signing of the National Bible Day Act and speech for the Black Nazarene Devotees last week.
The prelate lamented that the statement came from the highest official in the country.
Reginald Malicdem, Manila Cathedral rector, urged the congregation of about 2,000 to show their support for the prelates.
Hussein called on the Most Venerable Tibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera and Most Venerable Galagama Sri Attadassi Thera, the prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya respectively after paying his homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic at Sri Dalada Maligawa.
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.
An autocephalous church is one that enjoys total canonical and administrative independence and elects its own prelates and bishops.
From their unholy alliance with the Mafia, secular powerbrokers, and high-ranking prelates, to the threat that money and politics poses to the Christian values underlying the Catholic Church itself, Their Kingdom Come chills the spine as it shows how absolute power corrupts absolutely.