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Opus Dei Prelature

The following are some words by the present Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, on the significance of the establishment of Opus Dei as a personal prelature of the Catholic Church. The pontifical act by which the Opus Dei prelature was established on November 28, [...]
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Echoes in the Press: June 26, 1975: Reactions to the death of the founder of Opus Dei

The following is a selection of press comments from around the world, after the news of the death of St Josemaría in the morning of June 26, 1975. “Mgr. Escrivá était un homme de Dieu dans toute l’acceptation du terme. D’une intelligence directe, plein d’humeur, il [...]
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Rome trip described as ‘the experience of a lifetime’

The Kerryman, a local newspaper in Ireland, published an article after the canonization with the different impressions and experiences of a few local businessmen from the area. Liam O'Connor and other friends recall the canonization and conclude that it was 'an experience of a lifetime'. [...]
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The Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Download pdf. On entering the Piazza della Rotonda, the Pantheon looms unexpectedly before one’s eyes, looking as though its gray stone bulk has emerged unscathed from the depths of time. It is possibly the best preserved of all the buildings of ancient Rome, and its gigantic [...]
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From 17 May 1992 to 6 October 2002

Canonizations have always been a real feast for the Church. The people who attend canonization ceremonies are filled with joy, and it shows in their happy faces, exchanges of hugs and greetings, and their songs. As theologian José Luis Illanes says, “Every canonization begins from [...]
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St Josemaria and Pope Pius XII

The first words of affection and encouragement Father Escriva heard in Rome in 1946 were from Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini, an intelligent, sensitive Italian from Brescia who, since the end of the Second World War, had been involved in the delicate task of renewing the [...]
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The canonical solution of Opus Dei

By the Apostolic Constitution Ut Sit, dated 28 November 1982, Pope John Paul II set up Opus Dei as a personal prelature. This meant that, in accordance with its foundational charisma, the Work was recognized by the Church”s Canon Law as a secular structure: personal, [...]
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Detailed chronology of the Cause of the Canonization of St Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer

The Cause of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of Opus Dei, concluded on October 6, 2002 when His Holiness Pope John Paul II canonized him in a solemn ceremony. The following account tracks the main steps in this canonical process, through official documents alone. 1) Preparation February 2, [...]
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St Peter’s Square

The majestic façade of St Peter’s Basilica was completed in 1614, when the thirteen statues of the risen Christ, St John the Baptist, and eleven Apostles were placed on the balustrade surmounting the edifice. The square in front of it, however, did not yet have [...]
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Declarations on the Upcoming Canonization

- Card. Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna (Vienna Cathedral, January 9, 2002) “God has given man the power to shape reality. Blessed Josemaria took this fundamental message to task: work, understood not only as a means of self-fulfillment, but also of sanctity”. - [...]
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