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A prince is a male ruler (ranked below a king, grand prince, and grand duke) or member of a monarch's or former monarch's family. Prince is also a title of nobility (often highest), often hereditary, in some European states. The feminine equivalent is a princess. The English word derives, via the French word prince, from the Latin noun princeps, from primus (first) and capio (to seize), meaning "the first, foremost, the chief, most distinguished, noble ruler, prince".[1]

Saint Robert Cardinal Bellarmine was a prince of the Roman Catholic Church during his lifetime.

In states with an element of theocracy, this can affect princehood in several ways, such as the style of the ruler (e.g. with a secondary title meaning son or servant of a named divinity), but also the mode of succession (even reincarnation and recognition).

Furthermore, certain religious offices may be considered of princely rank, or imply comparable temporal rights. The Prince-Popes, Pope, Hereditary Prince-Cardinals, Cardinals, Prince-Lord Bishops, Prince Bishops, Lord Bishops, Prince-Provost, and Prince-abbots are referred to as Princes of the Church.

Also in Christianity, Jesus Christ is sometimes referred to as the Prince of Peace.[12] Other titles for Jesus Christ are Prince of Princes,[13] Prince of the Covenant,[14] Prince of Life,[15] and Prince of the Kings of the Earth.[16] Further, Satan is popularly ti

In states with an element of theocracy, this can affect princehood in several ways, such as the style of the ruler (e.g. with a secondary title meaning son or servant of a named divinity), but also the mode of succession (even reincarnation and recognition).

Furthermore, certain religious offices may be considered of princely rank, or imply comparable temporal rights. The Prince-Popes, Pope, Hereditary Prince-Cardinals, Cardinals, Prince-Lord Bishops, Prince Bishops, Lord Bishops, Prince-Provost, and Prince-abbots are referred to as Princes of the Church.

Also in Christianity, Jesus Christ is so

Furthermore, certain religious offices may be considered of princely rank, or imply comparable temporal rights. The Prince-Popes, Pope, Hereditary Prince-Cardinals, Cardinals, Prince-Lord Bishops, Prince Bishops, Lord Bishops, Prince-Provost, and Prince-abbots are referred to as Princes of the Church.

Also in Christianity, Jesus Christ is sometimes referred to as the Prince of Peace.[12] Other titles for Jesus Christ are Prince of Princes,[13] Prince of the Covenant,[14] Prince of Life,[15] and Prince of the Kings of the Earth.[16] Further, Satan is popularly titled the Prince of Darkness;[17] and in the Christian faith he is also referred to as the Prince of this World[18][19][20] and the Prince of the Power of the Air.[21] Another title for Satan, not as common today but apparently so in approximately 30 A.D. by the Pharisees of the day, was the title Prince of the Devils.[22][23][24] Prince of Israel, Prince of the Angels, and Prince of Light are titles given to the Archangel Michael.[citation needed] Some Christian churches also believe that since all Christians, like Jesus Christ, are children of God,[25] then they too are princes and princesses of Heaven. Saint Peter, a disciple of Jesus, is also known as the Prince of the Apostles.