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Brief biography of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo (1914-1994)

Alvaro del Portillo was born in Madrid, Spain, on March 11, 1914, the third of eight children of a Mexican mother, Clementina Diez de Sollano, and a Spanish father, Ramon del Portillo y Pardo. After receiving his secondary education at El Pilar School (Madrid), he [...]
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Chronology of the Cause of Canonization of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

23 March 1994: he died in Rome, with a reputation for holiness. That same day, 23 March, Blessed John Paul II went to pray beside his mortal remains. 19 February 1997: Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei, appointed Monsignor Flavio Capucci as Postulator of the [...]
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Alvaro del Portillo to be Beatified

This morning Pope Francis signed decrees approving a miracle obtained through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II and another attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, first successor of Saint Josemaría as the head of Opus Dei. They are, respectively, the [...]
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Bishop Echevarría: “A happy Coincidence”

Statement of Bishop Javier Echevarría concerning the approval of miracles attributed to John Paul II and Alvaro del Portillo, the Pope’s decision to proceed with the Canonization of John XXIII, and other canonization processes. The announcement of the forthcoming canonization of Blessed John Paul II and [...]
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June 26, Feast-day of St Josemaria, in Rome: follow it in twitter

This evening starting 7 p.m. local time, we will be twittering St Josemaria's Mass in Rome. The Mass will be at Basílica de San Eugenio (Via delle Belle Arti, 10). See the page following the link: @St_Josemaria
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Prelate’s Audience with Pope Francis

The Prelate wished to manifest to the Pope the affection and unity of intentions of all the Prelature’s faithful. At present, the Prelature has 90,000 faithful, of whom 2,051 are priests, and the rest are men and women who strive to attain holiness in the [...]
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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 [...]
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Statement by the Prelate of Opus Dei on the Election of Pope Francis

This is a moment of great joy for Catholics all over the world. Pope Francis is the 265th successor of Peter. From the moment the white smoke was first seen we have welcomed him with great thanks. And now, following the example of Benedict XVI, [...]
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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 [...]
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Reading The Way in Afghanistan

A Portuguese girl tells the Prelate of Opus Dei about a wounded soldier reading The Way, and asks how to make the most of this book.
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