Ceremony to be held for South Florida priests Sunday

Nine priests to be honored with higher rankings during ceremony Sunday

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Cathedral of St. Mary, 7525 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami

MIAMI - A ceremony is being held in Miami for seven new monsignors, the last to be named by the recently retired Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

The priests will receive the insignia of their new rank at an investiture ceremony Sunday night at St. Mary Cathedral in Miami.

According to the Archdiocese of Miami, Pope Benedict XVI elevated the priests to the rank of monsignor a month before his retirement.

A priest who was already a monsignor was elevated to the highest rank of the honorary title: protonotary apostolic supernumerary. A ninth priest was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, the highest honor accorded by the Vatican.

These are the first Miami monsignors to be named under Archbishop Thomas Wenski.

The title of monsignor is bestowed by the pope to diocesan priests and there are three grades of monsignors: protonotary apostolic, prelate of honor to His Holiness, and chaplain to His Holiness.

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