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Former Anglican bishop who became Catholic is made “Monsignor” by Pope Francis

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Zelda Caldwell - published on 04/12/22 - updated on 04/12/22

Fr. Michael Nazir-Ali was ordained to the priesthood in October, shortly after leaving the Church of England.

Fr. Michael Nazir-Ali, a former Anglican bishop, may now go by the honorific “Monsignor.” Only seven months after becoming a Catholic, the priest, known for his work promoting interfaith dialogue, received the title of “Prelate of Honor to His Holiness” from Pope Francis last week. 

The title of “Monsignor” in the Catholic Church is an honorary one, given to a priest who distinguishes himself in such a way as to be recognized by the pope for his service to the Church.  

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