Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To send abroad.
- n. A papal envoy who carries insignia or presents of honor to newly appointed cardinals or civil dignitaries. Apostolic ablegates are of higher rank than those designated pontifical.
- v. obsolete To send abroad.
- n. Roman Catholicism A representative of the pope charged with important commissions in foreign countries, one of his duties being to bring to a newly named cardinal his insignia of office.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To send abroad.
- n. (R. C. Ch.) A representative of the pope charged with important commissions in foreign countries, one of his duties being to bring to a newly named cardinal his insignia of office.
- From French ablégate, from Latin ablēgātus, perfect passive participle of ablēgō ("I send off or away; banish"), from ab ("from, away from") + lēgō ("I dispatch, send on a commission"). See legate. (Wiktionary)
“There stood the bureau's "ablegate," the official interpreter by his side.”
“If the creation of a cardinal takes place outside of Italy, the scarlet zucchetta is sent him by one of the pope's Guardie Nobili (Noble Guards), and the scarlet biretta by a special ablegate.”
“He was consecrated at New York by the papal ablegate, Mgr Bedini, on 30 Oct., 1853, and on 5 Nov. arrived at Burlington, where he was installed the following day by Bishop Fitzpatrick.”
“After his ordination he carried the decrees of the last Plenary Council of Baltimore to Rome, and returned as secretary to Bishop Conroy, ablegate to Canada.”
“This congregation also instructs the members of the Noble Guard and the ablegate who are sent to convey to new cardinals, living in Catholic states outside of Rome, the news of their promotion, together with the cardinal's hat and the red biretta.”
“According to the letter which he sent to his superiors (published at the beginning of Mansi's thirty-eighth volume), the chief abuses to be corrected by the ablegate were: (1) The Maronite bishops, in virtue of an ancient custom, had in their households a certain number of religious women, whose lodgings were, as a rule, separated from the bishop's only by a door of communication.”
“Apostolic ablegate and the bearer of the Golden Rose.”
“The Apostolic ablegate is generally a Roman prelate or private chamberlain, sent to bear the cardinal's biretta to a new cardinal who is absent from the residence of the pope.”
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