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Declarations on the Upcoming Canonization

- Card. Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna (Vienna Cathedral, January 9, 2002) “God has given man the power to shape reality. Blessed Josemaria took this fundamental message to task: work, understood not only as a means of self-fulfillment, but also of sanctity”. - [...]
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Rome trip described as ‘the experience of a lifetime’

The Kerryman, a local newspaper in Ireland, published an article after the canonization with the different impressions and experiences of a few local businessmen from the area. Liam O'Connor and other friends recall the canonization and conclude that it was 'an experience of a lifetime'. [...]
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The Human Realism of Sanctity

"In the twentieth century, we have witnessed a clarification of the role of the ordinary Christian in the Church". According to an article published in L’Osservatore Romano, Navarro Valls affirms that since the foundation of Opus Dei in 1928, Josemaria Escriva's contribution to this new [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Holiness, Work, Vocation
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Decree of Canonization

Pope John Paul II referred to St Josemaria as the patron saint of ordinary life in the audience he had with the faithful who had come to Rome for the canonization of the founder of Opus Dei. “St Josemaria,” announced the Pope, “was chosen by [...]
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Address by John Paul II to the Symposium, Pontifical Atheneum of the Holy Cross. October 14, 1993

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am pleased to welcome you on the occasion of the theological symposium on the teachings of Blessed Josemaría Escrivá, which has been taking place these past days at the Roman Atheneum of the Holy Cross, a little more than a year [...]
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Cardinal Ratzinger. Rome, May 19, 1992

St John’s Apocalypse, which tells us of so many terrible events both past and future, also opens up Heaven upon the earth and shows us that God still holds the world in his hands. However great the power of evil, God’s victory is assured in [...]
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What is the message of St Josemaria, the founder Opus Dei?

As John Paul II told those present at St Josemaria’s canonization, the Founder of Opus Dei “was chosen by the Lord to proclaim the universal call to holiness and to indicate that everyday life, its customary activities, are a path towards holiness. It could be [...]
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Detailed chronology of the Cause of the Canonization of St Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer

The Cause of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of Opus Dei, concluded on October 6, 2002 when His Holiness Pope John Paul II canonized him in a solemn ceremony. The following account tracks the main steps in this canonical process, through official documents alone. 1) Preparation February 2, [...]
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Friend of young people and good son of the Church

In an article, Cardinal Paul Shan, S.J., bishop of Kaohsiung and Taiwan's first cardinal, described Josemaria Escriva as a friend of young people and a man who loved the Church. The founder of Opus Dei is a true friend of young people. He has always manifested [...]
Tags: Apostolate, Youth, Holiness, Vocation
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Holiness is for all

Msgr. Kevin Manning, Bishop of the Diocesis of Parramatta (Australia) has published an article about the canonization of Josemaria Escriva in the monthly newspaper Catholic Outlook. He relates the canonization to the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. The Council underlined the universal call [...]
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