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A prelate is a member of the clergy who either has ordinary jurisdiction over a group of people or ranks in precedence with ordinaries. A prelature is the office of a prelate or the entire juridical entity which the prelate governs. The archetypal prelate is a bishop, whose prelature is his particular church. In the Roman Catholic Church, a personal prelature is an institution having clergy and (possibly) lay members which would carry out specific pastoral activities.