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The New Evangelization, the Priest and the Challenge of Secular Morality

Text of the message sent by His Eminence Cardinal Sarah to a conference for priests held in Thornycroft Hall (Manchester, UK) in March 2013. The Cardinal had been due to deliver this lecture but was unable to attend because of the Conclave. "Since last October 11th, [...]
Tags: Church, Priesthood, Year of Faith
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Bishop Javier Echevarria: “Pope Francis will feel Benedict XVI’s spiritual strength and companionship”

Interview with Bishop Javier Echevarria, prelate of Opus Dei, published March 24, 2013 in the Spanish daily La Razon. The new Pope, says Bishop Echevarria, “will often find support in the rich, ever-relevant teachings of Benedict XVI.” LR: How did you receive the news that we [...]
Tags: Church, Javier Echevarria, Pope, Poverty, Opus Dei prelate, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis
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I Will Not Leave You Orphans

An article published in ABC in Spain, written by Bishop Javier Echevarria, about Benedict XVI and his teachings. “I will not leave you orphans” (Jn 14:18), Christ told his Apostles. He promised to send them the Holy Spirit, who would make them more fully children [...]
Tags: Church, Pope, Opus Dei prelate, Pope Benedict XVI
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Saint Josemaria meets a Pope for the first time

June 23rd, 1946. It was nine-thirty when they reached home, an apartment at 9 Piazza della Citta Leonina, just a few yards away from the wall connecting the Vatican with Castel Sant’Angelo. The apartment, which Don Alvaro had taken shortly before the Father arrived, [...]
Tags: Church, Pope, Rome
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Consecrating Opus Dei to the Holy Spirit

In 1971, St Josemaria decided to consecrate Opus Dei to the Holy Spirit, thinking of how much the Church needed all her members to be holy. He himself composed the prayer of consecration, which is renewed in all Opus Dei centers every year, on the [...]
Tags: Holy Spirit, Church, Prayer, locution, Consecrations of Opus Dei
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Cornerstone or stumbling block?

Pope Benedict has been the successor of St. Peter, visible Head of the Church, for five years, as of April 19. But because the sexual abuse of minors by priests and other persons in positions of trust has been a widespread and longstanding problem in [...]
Tags: Church, Pope Benedict XVI
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A magnet drawing people to Christ

Converted to Catholicism at the age of 28 after reading G. K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce is the author of Literary Converts and many biographies of converts and literary figures. In this recent interview for www.josemariaescriva.info he speaks of how much he was helped by St [...]
Tags: Conversion, culture, Church, books
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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 [...]
Tags: Church, Javier Echevarria, Pope, Unity
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St Peter’s Basilica

Download St Peter’s Basilica in pdf format. St Peter was martyred during the persecution of Christians that took place under Nero following the great fire of Rome in 64 AD. St Peter had come to Rome a few years earlier, following our Lord’s command as recorded [...]
Tags: Church, Places in Rome, Pope, Early Christians
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Tracing the history of the Church in the footsteps of St Josemaría

St Josemaria is a good guide to the many places in Rome that he himself visited to draw faith from the witness of the early Christians. The aim of the articles gathered under the heading Places in Rome is to reveal the main traces of [...]
Tags: Church, Places in Rome, Pope