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Close to the Pope

When Saint Josemaría Escrivá was very young he used to dream of getting close to the Pope even for only a few moments, to have the chance of showing him his love and readiness to serve him. Msgr Javier Echevarría says: “His joy when he [...]
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Bishop Javier Echevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei. Rome, October 10, 2002

These unforgettable days of the canonization of Saint Josemaria Escriva are about to come to an end. In a few moments, his venerable remains will be placed once again in the Prelatic Church of St. Mary of Peace, after having been present for the veneration [...]
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Opus Dei Prelate’s greeting to John Paul II, October 7 2002

At the end of the Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of the Josemaria Escriva, the Holy Father John Paul II met with the participants of the canonization. The following is the greeting given by the Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr. Javier Echevarría to the Holy [...]
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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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Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei. Rome, June 25, 2005

Dear brothers and sisters, Once again we joyfully celebrate the liturgical feast-day of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, bringing it forward to June 25 this year, as tomorrow is a Sunday. This means that we are commemorating the Founder of Opus Dei on the anniversary of the ordination [...]
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A faithful man

Alvaro del Portillo, St Josemaría’s first successor at the head of Opus Dei, was born March 11, 1914. A “good and faithful servant” – words of Jesus Christ in the Gospel, that Pope John Paul II applied to Bishop Alvaro del Portillo. Bishop Javier Echevarria says: [...]
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Msgr. Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei. St. Peter Square, October 7, 2002

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Ps 116/117:1). Praise the Lord, all you nations. The invitation of the Responsorial Psalm, which resounded a few moments ago, constitutes an excellent summary of the sentiments that overflow from our hearts today: Deo omnis gloria! To God be [...]
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Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei. Rome, June 26, 2008

Dear brothers and sisters, All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God (Rom 8:14). This is the astounding truth which the second reading of today’s Mass recalls, in the words of St Paul to the Romans. It is an essential truth [...]
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Saint Josemaría Escrivá, teacher of prayer in ordinary life

Saint Josemaría Escrivá has a place among the masters of spirituality in the history of the Church, for several reasons. Above all, because he is a saint for our times (he was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002), who spread the universal call [...]
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He put all his love into saying Holy Mass

Msgr Javier Echevarría saw from close at hand, from 1953 onwards, how St Josemaría prepared to celebrate Mass, how he said it, how he did his thanksgiving afterwards, and how he prolonged it throughout the day. The following is an extract from Msgr Echevarría’s book [...]
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