A personal representative of the Holy See who has been entrusted with a mission. Legati missi are legates sent to carry out particular tasks; those appointed for more exalted occasions came to be known as legates a latere, i.e. from the side of the Pope. Legati nati were the holders of certain important archbishoprics to whom legatine status was conferred on a stable basis; to some extent these powers survive in the office of certain primates. See also Apostolic Delegate and nuncio.
Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).