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Is it true that another priest was killed by mistake for Father Josemaria Escriva?

Hard facts about this episode are difficult to find. In August 1936, the month after the Spanish Civil War started, some women told Dolores Escriva, Father Josemaria’s mother, that someone looking very like him had been hanged in a street in Madrid. Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Madrid, Opus Dei, Priesthood

Why did Father Josemaria go into hiding?

The right-wing military coup against the Republican Government of Spain was countered by a leftist revolution in the part of the country under the control of the Popular Front. Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Freedom, Madrid, Opus Dei, Josemaria Escriva

How did Father Josemaria exercise his priesthood during the Spanish Civil War?

Throughout the three years the Spanish Civil War lasted, Father Josemaria exercised his priestly ministry in different ways according to the different circumstances in which he found himself. Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Priesthood

Why Burgos?

After getting through the Pyrenees mountains and arriving in Andorra at the end of 1937, Father Josemaria went via France to Pamplona, in the opposite zone of Spain. Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Freedom, Opus Dei, Politics

Which side were Opus Dei members on in the Spanish Civil War?

Out of the few people who belonged to Opus Dei at that time, a number were imprisoned in the course of the Spanish Civil War. Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Opus Dei, Franco, Josemaria Escriva

What did Father Josemaria think of Franco and his activities during the Spanish Civil War?

None of the people who lived with Father Josemaria during the Spanish Civil War could recall ever hearing him saying anything about Franco, not even a passing comment on his military or political actions. Tags: Spanish Civil War, Burgos

What contact did Father Josemaria have with the Franco regime?

While he was in Burgos, Father Josemaría had no contact of any kind with Franco. Tags: Burgos

What did Father Josemaria say about the reprisals carried out by Franco’s followers during the Spanish Civil War?

Whenever the subject of war and war-related violence and atrocities came up, he always talked about forgiveness, and advised people to avoid revenge and seek reconciliation instead. Tags: Opus Dei, Politics

What did Father Josemaria think of Hitler and the Nazis?

José Orlandis recalls that in September 1939 (…), “I was alone with the Father in his office and without my asking him anything, he confided to me, ‘This morning I offered Mass for Poland, a Catholic country, which is suffering terribly under the Nazi invasion’.” Tags: Opus Dei, Politics, Franco