preconization

(Latin: praeconizare, to publish)

The solemn proclamation of a new bishop's appointment, made by the pope in Consistory. Formerly all episcopal appointments made by the pope were first announced in Consistory, being consistorial affairs. Today, however, such appointments are often made outside Consistory, but they must later be given solemn proclamation in Consistory, and this preconization, rather than the former appointment determines the precedence among bishops.

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