PRECONIZATION (Late Lat. praeconizalio, from praeconizare, to proclaim, Lat. praeco, a public crier), a public proclamation or announcement. In this sense it is practically obsolete; but the word is still technically used of the solemn proclamation of new bishops, and of the sees to which they are appointed, made by the pope in the consistory of cardinals (see BISHOP). In the English ecclesiastical courts " praeconize " is also still used in the sense of " to summon by name. "
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