Italian: monsignore, My Lord
abbreviation: Mgr.

Generic title of distinction attached to numerous dignities conferred by the Pope. All ecclesiastical dignitaries, with the exception of cardinals, such as patriarchs, archbishops, bishops and persons attached to the pontifical household, have a right to this title, though in English speaking countries usage calls for the more specific forms of address, “Your Grace” and “Your Lordship” for archbishops and bishops respectively.