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PRELATE NULLIUS

A territory belonging to no diocese but having its own superior called a "prelate nullius," and its own clergy and congregation. If such a territory comprises a certain number of parishes, the prelate set over the area enjoys a jurisdiction similar to that of a bishop in residence.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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