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Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei. Rome, June 26, 2006

Dear brothers and sisters, Ut in gratiarum semper actione maneamus! May we always live in constant thanksgiving! Deo omnis gloria! All the glory to God! These were two of the aspirations that inspired St Josemaría, whose feast we are celebrating today and whose exemplary daily life [...]
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The founder of Opus Dei in Pompeii, Almudena, Sonsoles and Fatima, 1968-1970

“My dearest daughters and sons: you will have wondered why in these last few years I’ve been going from one shrine of our Lady to another, in a continual pilgrimage over many countries, which also enables me to thank our Lord for the chance to [...]
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Escrivá was a "modern master in the spirituality of work"

We can humanize work when we bring God into it, because that gives our life its meaning. Cardinal Schonborn’s article proposes a “human ecology of work”, for which there have always been teachers in the life of the Church. St Josemaria was one of them. Work [...]
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St Josemaría arrived in Rome for the first time on June 23, 1946

On June 23, 1946 the founder of Opus Dei arrived in Rome to expedite pontifical approval of Opus Dei. This approval would enable Opus Dei, which was universal from the very start, to spread its apostolate to different countries. Pilar Urbano wrote an account of [...]
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Welcoming address to the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church. October 7, 2002

I have the joy of welcoming the Orthodox Patriarch of Romania, His Beatitude Teoctist, and the distinguished members of his delegation who have accompanied him to Rome for a visit that starts today. His Beatitude the Patriarch has just arrived and I wanted his visit [...]
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Patrimony for the entire Church

The following is an interview of Msgr. Echevarría, the Prelate of Opus Dei, carried out by Paulina Lo Celso (Argentina) on January 6 of this year, three months after the canonization. At the three-month mark, how would you assess the significance of Josemaría Escrivá’s canonization for [...]
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Echoes in the Press: June 26, 1975: Reactions to the death of the founder of Opus Dei

The following is a selection of press comments from around the world, after the news of the death of St Josemaría in the morning of June 26, 1975. “Mgr. Escrivá était un homme de Dieu dans toute l’acceptation du terme. D’une intelligence directe, plein d’humeur, il [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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The Universality of the Church

A summary of the article by Msgr. Ocariz, vicar general of Opus Dei, in which he unpacks St Josemaria’s many references to the universality of the Church. When St Josemaria spoke and wrote about the Church he explained how she is one, holy, catholic and [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Church, Opus Dei, Pope, Vatican II