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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 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
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1934: Revolution in Spain

- Revolution in Spain - DIY at DYA - Opus Dei and the DYA Academy: criticisms and relations with the Spanish hierarchy - New Members Revolution in Spain The immediate political roots of the October 1934 uprising in Spain are found in the elections held in the fall of 1933. [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Spanish Civil War, Madrid, Politics, Spain, The DYA academy, Isidoro Zorzano, Juan Jimenez Vargas, Opus Dei members, Pedro Casciaro, Anti-clericalism, Spanish history, Republic
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1931-1932: The Second Spanish Republic and Spanish anticlericalism

- The coming of the Second Republic, 1931 - Spanish anti-clericalism - The The burning of convents - Anti-clerical legislation of the Provisional Government - The Constituent Assembly and the Constitution - Father Josemaria’s reaction to growing anti-clericalism - Stoning with Hail Marys - From the Foundation for the sick to [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Suffering, Sickness, Spanish Civil War, History, Madrid, Poverty, Politics, Women, Juan Jimenez Vargas, Opus Dei members, Anti-clericalism, Spanish history
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The story of Yes!

Yes! The Life of St Josemaria was the first book about St Josemaria written and illustrated for children – children up to 80, as the author, Elizabeth Torra, puts it. The book has been translated into different languages, and this has given rise to many [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Education, books, For younger readers, Devotion
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Cardinal Ruini opens Bishop del Portillo’s cause of canonization

Cardinal Ruini opened the canonization proceedings for Bishop Alvaro del Portillo on March 5, 2004, at the Lateran Palace, commending “the service that Don Alvaro always provided to the Church of Rome.” Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar of Rome, presided on March 5th over the opening session [...]
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St Josemaria and the Guardian Angels

Opus Dei was founded (in 1928) on October 2 – the feast of the Guardian Angels. St Josemaria’s devotion to the Guardian Angels, whom he saw as celestial protectors and messengers, went back to his childhood. Here Bishop Alvaro del Portillo recalls some aspects of [...]
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The Father’s Shadow

Only hours after his return from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, God called Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, Prelate of Opus Dei and first successor to its Founder, Saint Josemaría Escrivá, into his presence. A few days later Mgr Flavio Capucci recalled a brief, simple [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Obedience, Optimism, Opus Dei prelate
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"Light, Salt, and Leaven": Lay people's role in the Church's mission

The early Christians, who had lived with Jesus and the Apostles or belonged to the next generation, were very conscious that their mission was to fill everything that they did with faith. In Tertullian’s words, “What the soul is in the body, that the Christians [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Apostolate, Citizenship, Presence of God, Early Christians, Work, Unity of life
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Election of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo as St Josemaria’s first successor

Three months after St Josemaria’s death on June 26, 1975, Blessed Alvaro del Portillo – “Don Alvaro” – was elected to succeed him at the head of Opus Dei. No one was surprised when, on September 15, 1975, Don Alvaro was unanimously elected as the founder’s [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Faithfulness, Opus Dei