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Don Flavio Capucci, Postulator of the cause of canonization of St Josemaria, dies in Rome

August 10, 2013

Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Canonization
Flavio Capucci was born in Romano Brianza, Como, Italy, on February 19, 1946. When he was still a boy, his family moved to Naples. He first met Opus Dei through some school friends, and later on, in 1964, asked to be admitted to it as a Numerary.

Don Flavio Capucci.
Don Flavio Capucci.
He went first to the Catholic University of Milan and then to the University of Perugia, where he graduated in philosophy, going on to study theology at the University of Navarre, Spain. Back in Milan, he worked for several years as director of the Torrescalla hall of residence for university students. He combined his work providing formation for the youths who came to Torrescalla with editorial work for the journal Studi Cattolici. In 1974 he was ordained to the priesthood, and from then on did pastoral work with university students.

In 1978 Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo appointed Don Flavio as Postulator of the cause of canonization of St Josemaria. This job reached its conclusion on October 6, 2002, when the Founder of Opus Dei was canonized in St Peter’s Square by Pope John Paul II. During all these years Don Flavio never slackened in his priestly ministry, preaching, giving spiritual guidance, and celebrating the Sacraments.

In 1997 he was additionally appointed Postulator of the cause of canonization of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, by Bishop Javier Echevarria, the current head of Opus Dei. On July 5 this year, the Holy Father Pope Francis signed the decree recognizing a miracle attributed to Alvaro del Portillo’s intercession, a step that opens the way to his beatification.

In a recent interview, Don Flavio talked about the fact that this decree was published at the same time as the announcement of the forthcoming canonization of Blessed John Paul II. He said, “A notable sign of the Pope’s appreciation for Bishop Alvaro is that when he died, John Paul II came to the Opus Dei centre to pray before his body. As I see it, what stands out in both of them is their humility, their love for the Church and souls, their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and their sense of fatherhood, among other things. There was a great spiritual harmonization between them.”

From the 1970s onwards Don Flavio Capucci suffered from diabetes, enduring this sickness serenely and without making any fuss, hiding the considerable discomfort it caused him behind a habitual smile
From the 1970s onwards Don Flavio Capucci suffered from diabetes, enduring this sickness serenely and without making any fuss, hiding the considerable discomfort it caused him behind a habitual smile. And that was how he died – without any fuss, and smiling.

His published works include Sono cosí felice (“I’m So Happy!”), a biography of the Servant of God Monserrat Grases; Josemaria Escriva, santo, an account of the process of canonization of the Opus Dei founder; and Cures Through the Intercession of Josemaria Escriva, telling of some of the miracles worked through St Josemaria’s intercession. His best-known work was a long book examining the theoretical underpinnings and the ethical and political applications of the thought of Antonio Gramsci.

His funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Thursday August 8 in the Basilica of Sant’Eugenio, Rome.