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Monsignor” is a title bestowed on a priest who has distinguished himself by exceptional service to the church. It is a title granted by the Roman Catholic pope — typically, upon the recommendation of the priest’s diocesan bishop. It is a purely honorary title and has no effect on the priest’s duties or ministerial assignment. In 2014, Pope Francis I had instructed the bishops of the world that diocesan priests would no longer be awarded the title before reaching the age of 65. [1]