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Africa in Saint Josemaria's Heart

Video. In a get-together in Nairobi, Kenya in 1989, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo talks about why Saint Josemaria decided to begin Opus Dei's apostolic work in Africa in Kenya.
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The Way of the Cross published in Bulgarian

In January this year the first Bulgarian version of St Josemaria’s book The Way of the Cross was published in Sofia, Bulgaria. The publisher is the Communitas Foundation, which previously published Holy Rosary and The Way in Bulgarian. Full details of the new publication: St Josemaría Escrivá [...]
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The Prelate urges us to prepare ourselves very well for Holy Week

In his pastoral letter for April 2014, Bishop Javier Echevarria, following the teachings of St Josemaria and Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, suggests having devout recourse to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and helping others to do so. Download pdf My dear children: may Jesus watch over my [...]
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Cardinal remembers Opus Dei priest as man ‘chosen by God’

By CNA, Elise Harris (Eurasiareview) During a special conference commemorating the life of deceased Opus Dei leader Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, Cardinal Julian Herranz noted the priest’s model of holiness for the Church. “The image of Fr. Alvaro del Portillo, who appears in the Second Vatican council [...]
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Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, in the life of Opus Dei

“Alvaro was the first person to whom St. Josemaría entrusted the task of giving spiritual guidance to other members. He also frequently headed up trips to outlying cities to spread Opus Dei’s message and to give support and formation to new members. As we all [...]
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Centenary of Alvaro del Portilllo's Birth (March 11, 1914)

Álvaro del Portillo was St. Josemaria Escrivá's most trusted collaborator. Eventually he became his successor as the head of Opus Dei. While studying engineering in Madrid in 1935, Álvaro del Portillo met Josemaria Escrivá. Shortly after, he joined Opus Dei. At the time, Catholics in [...]
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Writing about Don Alvaro

The Catholic Truth Society is a London-based publisher whose booklets can be found in the back of virtually every Catholic church in the UK. Ethel Tolansky and I have published several little biographies with them, going back to 1999. When we heard that Don Alvaro [...]
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Approaching the Church through the saints

By Dwight G. Duncan US (The Boston Pilot). Pope Benedict XVI famously said, "To me art and the saints are the greatest apologetics for our faith." In that regard, we have been particularly fortunate to have lived alongside and witnessed the powerful example of some [...]
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In this video, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo encourages us to go to Confession frequently and to invite other people to Confession, following St. Josemaria's teachings. "You wrote to tell me that you have at last gone to confession and that you experienced the humiliation of having [...]
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Devotion to the Virgin Mary

"Jesus can't say no to his Mother", says Mgr Alvaro del Portillo, first successor of St. Josemaria Escrivá, in this meeting at Boston in 1988.
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