(from Lat. legare, send as deputy). Emissaries or deputies. Papal legates represent the pope. Legates a latere (from the [pope's] side) are always cardinals. When their function pertains only to local chs. they are known as apostolic delegates. When to a legation of a religious or ecclesial nature there is added legation to states and govts., the title of nuncio, pronuncio, or internuncio is given to the legate.
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