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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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The Guinean prelate was critical of the November Synod on the Family, saying that the Church was being pressured by media groups to change certain pastoral teachings, particularly regarding same-sex unions.
The Prelate went a step further, urging the public -- even dissenters -- not to get caught up in arguing over the wording of a document.
The monsignor will report to the panel of cardinals that runs the bank, giving the new prelate an almost direct line to Pope Francis.
We are wondering where the journalists got the idea that Kiril can resign a he is a prelate for life
The prelate was candid in saying throughout the ordeal, the Catholic faithful can only do as much as pray for Mendoza's and the other victims' safety.
Pope Benedict XVI has bestowed a key position on an American prelate who was the leader of a faction in the U.
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.
In the pulpit that day will be Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, presiding prelate of the California-Pacific Annual Conference of United Methodist Churches.
The church is also looking into allegations concerning a 91-year-old prelate.
no Catholic prelate would tell the president [should he be Catholic] how to act.
The visit of the Nigerian prelate, Cardinal Francis Arinze, is being hosted by Cardiff University's Catholic chaplain, Father John Owen.
On the one hand the mark felt too easily hit, as in a barroom send-up of a local prelate.