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John XXIII and John Paul II: two holy Popes, two Marian saints

Some words from the Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, on the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II, "two priests with great hearts, with a burning love for God and for all men and women."

Statements by the Popes

Audience of Pope John XXIII with St Josemaria Escrivá

On March 5, 1960 Monsignor Escrivá went to the Vatican for an audience with Pope John XXIII. In a second audience, on June 27, 1962, Pope John said, “Monsignor, the Work opens up before my eyes infinite horizons which I had not discovered before.”

Documents of the Holy See

Homily of John Paul II. May 17, 1992

May 17, 1992. The spiritual and apostolic life of Josemaria Escriva was based on knowing himself, through faith, to be a son of God in Christ. This faith nourished his love for the Lord, his evangelizing drive, his constant joy, even in the great trials and difficulties he had to overcome.

Statements by the Popes

Homily of John Paul II in the Canonization of St Josemaria Escrivá de Balaguer

"All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" (Rom 8,14). These words of the Apostle Paul, which we have just heard, help us understand better the significant message of today's canonization of Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer.

From Rome

Returning to our first love

Jesus’ call to his Apostles, after his Resurrection, to “return to Galilee”, is the call to re-read everything in the life of Christ “on the basis of the cross and its victory from this supreme act of love,” said Pope Francis in his homily during the Easter Vigil celebration on Saturday evening.

In the news

"Holy Father, we bring you letters from the elderly and orphans"

After the general audience on April 16, a group of university students from UNIV presented Pope Francis with hundreds of letters written by elderly people and orphans from all over the world.

Questions & Answers

How can I receive Jesus well in Holy Communion?

“Dear friends, we won’t ever thank the Lord enough for the gift he has given us in the Eucharist! It is a very great gift and that is why it is so important to go to Mass on Sunday. Go to Mass not just to pray, but to receive Communion, the bread that is the Body of Jesus Christ who saves us, forgives us, unites us to the Father. It is a beautiful thing to do!” (Pope Francis, Audience, 5 February 2014)

In the footprints of our Faith

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Visit Rome, following the footsteps of St Josemaría

St Josemaria is a good guide to the many places in Rome that he himself visited to draw faith from the witness of the early Christians. This collection reveals the main traces of the history of the Catholic Church that are to be found in Rome, the Eternal City. Download in epub format.

From Rome

Pope issues first Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium

Pope Francis has issued his first Apostolic Exhortation on Tuesday, Evangelii Gaudium, translated into English as The Joy of the Gospel. The 224-page document outlines the Pope’s vision for a missionary Church, whose “doors should always be open”.

Favours obtained through Saint Josemaria's intercession

USA

Before I finished the novena

I did the Novena for Work and before I finished it my nephew got a job. We are thanking Saint Josemaria Escriva. Now my sister and her son are full of gratitude because I sent them the novena with the prayer to Saint Josemaria. Thank-you, God!

Mexico

Eight months

I would like to give thanks for favors granted through St. Josemaria’s intercession. I was looking for a job for eight months, then I did the Novena for Work and kept praying it, because I had spent several years doing very badly-paid jobs. After constant, trusting prayer I got a good job, and bless God for it every day, because thanks to that I am able to support my family. Thank you!

Mexico

A healthy grandson

I give endless thanks to Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer for hearing my prayers once again and sending me a wonderful healthy grandson. I had been praying for this for a long time. Fill him with God’s blessings, Saint Josemaria, look after him and protect him. A thousand thanks!