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Archbishop Oscar Romero: Letter to the Pope on Escriva's death

A letter written to the Pope by El Salvadorean Bishop Oscar Romero on July 12, 1975, requesting the opening of a cause for St Josemaria’s canonization. Bishop Romero was killed while celebrating Holy Mass in 1980. "Most Blessed Father, I regard the still-recent day of the death [...]
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Decree of Canonization

Pope John Paul II referred to St Josemaria as the patron saint of ordinary life in the audience he had with the faithful who had come to Rome for the canonization of the founder of Opus Dei. “St Josemaria,” announced the Pope, “was chosen by [...]
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Saint Josemaría and the Jubilee years

Four Jubilee years fell within St Josemaria’s lifetime. Bishop Javier Echevarria witnessed his approach to the last two, and saw how he passed on his own devotion to those around him. “He asked me to pray with a lot of faith, especially in St. Peter’s, [...]
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Address by John Paul II to the Symposium, Pontifical Atheneum of the Holy Cross. October 14, 1993

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am pleased to welcome you on the occasion of the theological symposium on the teachings of Blessed Josemaría Escrivá, which has been taking place these past days at the Roman Atheneum of the Holy Cross, a little more than a year [...]
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Cardinal Ratzinger. Rome, May 19, 1992

St John’s Apocalypse, which tells us of so many terrible events both past and future, also opens up Heaven upon the earth and shows us that God still holds the world in his hands. However great the power of evil, God’s victory is assured in [...]
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Inaugural message at the Opening Ceremony of the symposium “Holiness and the World”

‘A song of praise to God arises from this vale of tears. Around God’s throne there is a growing choir of the redeemed, whose lives are now a selfless progress of love and glorification. Not only in heaven are these voices heard; they rise from [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Citizenship, Pope, Holiness
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The right kind of anti-clericalism

Interview with Msgr Fernando Ocariz, Vicar General of Opus Dei, on Christians and politics as seen by Founder of Opus Dei. Msgr Ocariz outline the scope of Saint Josemaria’s words on the relationship between Opus Dei, the Church, and the world of politics, clarifying what [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Citizenship, culture, Naturalness, Responsibility, Holiness, Vatican II, Ordinary life
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Friend of young people and good son of the Church

In an article, Cardinal Paul Shan, S.J., bishop of Kaohsiung and Taiwan's first cardinal, described Josemaria Escriva as a friend of young people and a man who loved the Church. The founder of Opus Dei is a true friend of young people. He has always manifested [...]
Tags: Apostolate, Youth, Holiness, Vocation
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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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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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