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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 priests and spiritual director for the women belong to the Santa Cruz Holy Order, an exclusive Opus Dei prelature.
On August 5, 1982, Pope John Paul II, who very much sympathized with the conservative tendencies of Opus Dei, established it as a personal prelature, or group that carries out specific pastoral activities and is supervised by the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops.
About 85,000 men and women are in the Prelature of Opus Dei worldwide, with around 3,000 in the United States.
They used to live in a glorified ghetto in Nicosia (Victoria Street, now in the occupied north), but that's now changed -- yet the Armenian Prelature is on Armenia Street, next to the Nareg Armenian School, and the neighbourhood is dotted with Armenian businesses.
The favor it enjoyed under John Paul cemented its reputation as a right-wing orthodox movement so special it deserved its unique status as a personal prelature, a sort of diocese without borders.
Such solidarity could also be glimpsed in the church's efforts at inculturation, such as in the work of the Prelature of Infanta in the Philippines (under Bishop Julio Labayen) to be a church of the poor in an inculturated manner.
Recently the Vatican announced the offer of a personal prelature, a sort of nonterritorial diocese, to reincorporate the traditionalists.
The only personal prelature currently in the Church is Opus Dei.
Prostitutes will run after them," Bishop Lucilo Quiambao, apostolic administrator of the prelature of Legazpi said in a statement.
It is the church's only Personal Prelature, which means local officials aren't accountable to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles but to an official in Rome who reports to the pope.
THE BOOK: Opus Dei, the Catholic prelature with headquarters in New York, is portrayed as a sinister monastic organisation - practically a training school for assassins.