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Diocesan Priest Named Prelate of Honor

(SNR) - Msgr. Thomas Fucinaro was named a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI Aug. 8.

Msgr. Fucinaro is a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln who serves as an official in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome. He is presently on leave in New York City, for treatment of cancer, which he said is proceeding very well. He hopes to return to his duties in Rome before the end of the year.

In the Church, there are three grades of papal honors that bear the title "Monsignor." The highest rank is Protonotary Apostolic, followed by Prelate of Honor to His Holiness, then Chaplain to His Holiness. Priests who are monsignors of a lower rank may be elevated to a higher rank by appointment of the Holy Father, usually after a period of 10 years.

Formerly known as "Domestic Prelate," a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness is the second of the three grades of papal honors that bear the title, "Monsignor." In the sacred liturgy, a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness wears a fuchsia cassock with red buttons, piping and cuffs, and a fuchsia sash. Outside of the liturgy, Prelates of Honor to His Holiness may also wear a black cassock, but with red buttons, red piping and a fuchsia sash.

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