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Alvaro del Portillo to be Beatified

This morning Pope Francis signed decrees approving a miracle obtained through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II and another attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, first successor of Saint Josemaría as the head of Opus Dei. They are, respectively, the [...]
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Bishop Echevarría: “A happy Coincidence”

Statement of Bishop Javier Echevarría concerning the approval of miracles attributed to John Paul II and Alvaro del Portillo, the Pope’s decision to proceed with the Canonization of John XXIII, and other canonization processes. The announcement of the forthcoming canonization of Blessed John Paul II and [...]
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The miracle of Bishop Alvaro: the recovery of Jose Ignacio

The Holy See has attributed to the intercession of Bishop Alvaro the recovery of the new born Jose Ignacio Ureta Wilson after a cardiac arrest lasting longer than half an hour which took place on August 2, 2003.
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Pope Declares the first successor of St. Josemaría "Venerable"

On June 28, in Rome, the Pope signed a decree that recognizes the heroic virtues of Alvaro del Portillo. He was the first successor to St. Josemaría Escrivá, who founded Opus Dei. He was also the person who worked most closely with him. This is [...]
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May 17, 1992: Beatification of Josemaria Escriva

On May 17, 1992, Pope John Paul II beatified Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, and Josephina Bakhita, Canossian nun, in St Peter’s Square.
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Forever in thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is part of Christian life, as we realize how much God has done for us and for others. St Josemaria developed gratitude as a virtue throughout his life, as those who lived with him recall. In December 1972 St Josemaria wrote, "There will come [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Gratitude, Alvaro del Portillo, Javier Echevarria, Opus Dei
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We need to converse with God

The primacy of prayer over action “Of maximum usefulness in the Church of Jesus are not the so-called practical men nor even the pure proponents of theories, but the true contemplatives,” wrote Josemaria Escriva’s first successor, Monsignor Alvaro del Portillo , in the pages of the [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Contemplation, Javier Echevarria, Prayer
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The story behind the mosaic in St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1657. He along with his successors designed the imposing columns, the two beautiful fountains and the 162 saint statues that surround the square. But among so much beauty, there was clearly something missing. In the [...]
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1937-1939: Later Stages of the Spanish Civil War

Before describing their efforts to carry out Opus Dei in these later stages of the war, we will examine the social, economic, and political features of the world in which they worked. - The War in the North (March to November 1937) - Fusion of the Falange [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Sickness, Spanish Civil War, Poverty, Franco, Father, Penance, Burgos, Juan Jimenez Vargas, Pedro Casciaro, first members
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1936-1937: First Stages of the Spanish Civil War. Situation of Opus Dei

- Military Uprising - International Aspects of the Civil War - Revolution and Anticlerical Violence in Republican Spain - The Early Weeks of the Civil War - The Giral Government and the Revolution - The Military Struggle for Madrid - On the Run - The Military Revolt Becomes the “National Movement” - Franco [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Spanish Civil War, Madrid, Franco, The DYA academy, Isidoro Zorzano, Juan Jimenez Vargas, The Honduran Legation, Opus Dei members, first members, Spanish history