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1937-1939: Later stages of the Spanish Civil War

Before describing their efforts to carry out Opus Dei in these later stages of the war, we will examine the social, economic, and political features of the world in which they worked. - The War in the North (March to November 1937) - Fusion of the Falange [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Sickness, Spanish Civil War, Poverty, Franco, Father, Penance, Burgos, Juan Jimenez Vargas, Pedro Casciaro, first members

1936-1937: First stages of the civil war. Situation of Opus Dei

- Military Uprising - International Aspects of the Civil War - Revolution and Anticlerical Violence in Republican Spain - The Early Weeks of the Civil War - The Giral Government and the Revolution - The Military Struggle for Madrid - On the Run - The Military Revolt Becomes the “National Movement” - Franco [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Spanish Civil War, Madrid, Franco, The DYA academy, Isidoro Zorzano, Juan Jimenez Vargas, The Honduran Legation, Opus Dei members, first members, Spanish history

1934: Revolution in Spain

- Revolution in Spain - DIY at DYA - Opus Dei and the DYA Academy: criticisms and relations with the Spanish hierarchy - New Members Revolution in Spain The immediate political roots of the October 1934 uprising in Spain are found in the elections held in the fall of 1933. [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Spanish Civil War, Madrid, Politics, Spain, The DYA academy, Isidoro Zorzano, Juan Jimenez Vargas, Opus Dei members, Pedro Casciaro, Anti-clericalism, Spanish history, Republic

1931-1932: The Second Spanish Republic and Spanish anticlericalism

- The coming of the Second Republic, 1931 - Spanish anti-clericalism - The The burning of convents - Anti-clerical legislation of the Provisional Government - The Constituent Assembly and the Constitution - Father Josemaria’s reaction to growing anti-clericalism - Stoning with Hail Marys - From the Foundation for the sick to [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Suffering, Sickness, Spanish Civil War, History, Madrid, Poverty, Politics, Women, Juan Jimenez Vargas, Opus Dei members, Anti-clericalism, Spanish history

The story of Yes!

Yes! The Life of St Josemaria was the first book about St Josemaria written and illustrated for children – children up to 80, as the author, Elizabeth Torra, puts it. The book has been translated into different languages, and this has given rise to many [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Education, books, For younger readers, Devotion

Cardinal Ruini opens Bishop del Portillo’s cause of canonization

Cardinal Ruini opened the canonization proceedings for Bishop Alvaro del Portillo on March 5, 2004, at the Lateran Palace, commending “the service that Don Alvaro always provided to the Church of Rome.” Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar of Rome, presided on March 5th over the opening session [...]
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"Light, Salt, and Leaven": Lay people's role in the Church's mission

The early Christians, who had lived with Jesus and the Apostles or belonged to the next generation, were very conscious that their mission was to fill everything that they did with faith. In Tertullian’s words, “What the soul is in the body, that the Christians [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Apostolate, Citizenship, Presence of God, Early Christians, Work, Unity of life

Apostolic constitution "Ut sit" by which Opus Dei was erected as the Catholic Church's first personal Prelature

JOHN PAUL BISHOP SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD FOR A PERMANENT RECORD OF THE MATTER With very great hope, the Church directs its attention and maternal care to Opus Dei, which -- by divine inspiration --the Servant of God Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer founded [...]
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The Holy Mass was the center of Saint Josemaría’s day

Saint Josemaría often spoke of the Holy Mass as the “center and root of the interior life”. Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the Founder’s first successor at the head of Opus Dei, spent nearly forty years with Saint Josemaría, and was an exceptional witness of how [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Eucharist, Piety, Plan of life, Priesthood

The Father’s Shadow

Only hours after his return from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, God called Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, Prelate of Opus Dei and first successor to its Founder, Saint Josemaría Escrivá, into his presence. A few days later Mgr Flavio Capucci recalled a brief, simple [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Obedience, Optimism, Opus Dei prelate