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Contemplating Don Alvaro's holy life, we discover our Lord’s guiding hand

“This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you”: “ut diligátis ínvicem, sicut diléxi vos” (Jn 15:12). Dear brothers and sisters, these words of the Gospel echo today in my heart with new joy at the thought that the mass of people gathered [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Church, Javier Echevarria, family, Beatification, Homily
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Pope Francis: Blessed Alvaro loved and served the Church with a heart devoid of any worldly interest

Madrid, 27 September: The beatification of Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor of St. Josemaria as head of Opus Dei, took place this morning before a massive crowd, in a ceremony presided over by the delegate of Pope Francis, Cardinal Angelo Amato, who was [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Humility, Church, Sacraments, Holiness, Beatification
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Pope explains the meaning behind 'Catholic and Apostolic' Church

Video. (Rome Reports). Pope Francis led his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. In his catechesis, he explained that the Church is Catholic because it's universal. He also focused on what exactly gives the Church an Apostolic spirit. SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH Dear [...]
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People from 80 different nationalities expected in Madrid

The future blessed was the first successor of St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer at the head of Opus Dei. People from 80 different nationalities have confirmed their attendance in Valdebebas (Madrid) at the beatification on Saturday 27 September of Alvaro del Portillo. The ceremony will take [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Charity, Church, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, Solidarity, Our Lady of Peace, Beatification
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Pope Francis explains why the Church is merciful

Video. (Rome Reports) During this week's General Audience, Pope Francis compared the Church to "a Mother that teaches Christians the works of mercy.” The Pope explained that the Church teaches by example to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN [...]
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Pope explains why the Church is our Mother

Video. (Rome Reports).In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis described the Church as a mother who accompanies and defends her children. He also added that the maternal dimension of the Church comes for Her capacity to welcome and to forgive. As the Pope led his general [...]
Tags: Church, Peace, Sacraments, Love, Heart, Rome, Forgiveness, Communion of saints, Pope Francis
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The Church is our Mother

“What consolation this certainty arouses in our hearts! The Church is truly a mother and, as a mother, she seeks her children’s good, especially of those who are furthest away and are afflicted, until she finds its fullness in the glorious body of Christ with [...]
Tags: Church, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Pope, Love, Communion of saints
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Jerusalem: The Grotto of the Our Father

In the Footprints of our Faith In the Gospel we can relive the scene in which Jesus retires to pray and his disciples are nearby, probably watching him. When Jesus has finished, one of them boldly asks him: “‘Lord, teach us how to pray, as John [...]
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I learnt from him the true meaning of Love for the Church

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, simply Don Alvaro, was truly a mentor and a father to all his children in Opus Dei. While loving all, it also was obvious the opportunities he sought to address priests, and more specially his priest sons, who he knew play [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Church, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, Love, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
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Pope's Audience: Don't let envy, jealousy or antipathy divide your parish

Video. (Rome Reports) During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis talked about the importance of unity. He called for Christians to recognize the sins that work against unity in local parishes and communities, like jealousy, envy and antipathy. SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS: Dear Brothers and [...]
Tags: Humility, Church, Unity, Rome, Pope Francis