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Isidoro is declared venerable

On December 21st, the Holy Father Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate decrees concerning 8 causes of canonization. Among these was a decree declaring the heroic virtues of Isidoro Zorzano (1902 – 1943), an engineer who joined Opus Dei [...]
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Pope's Urbi et Orbi blessing, "close to the victims of terrorism all over the world"

Video (Rome Reports). Thousands of people have come to St. Peter's to hear Pope Francis's Easter speech. As is customary every year, the Pope directed a speech addressing the realities of today's world issues. POPE FRANCIS "The Lord Jesus, our peace, by his resurrection triumphed over [...]
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Mortification done for love

What is mortification? It is a Christian practice that brings us closer to Jesus Christ, who suffered and died on the Cross for love of all men and women. Mortification means making little renunciations, whether internal or external, for love of God, in order to [...]
Tags: Conversion, Suffering, Mortification, Service, Love, God, Penance
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St Josemaria and the Marian Year for Families

Video. Opus Dei is living a special year of prayer for families. June 26, 2015, the 40th anniversary of the death of Saint Josemaria, marks the halfway point of the year. Bishop Javier Echevarría recalls some advice from Saint Josemaría for families.
Tags: Joy, Suffering, Faithfulness, Marriage, Opus Dei prelate, Love, family, sick
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Pope Francis prayed for victims of violence in Iraq and Syria

Video. (Rome Reports). Speaking to 50,000 pilgrims during his weekly Angelus prayer at St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis called on the crowd to pray for victims of violence in Iraq and Syria. "Let us pray for those brothers and sisters in Syria and Iraq who [...]
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The O'Bar Family: Happiness Amid Suffering

"You gotta have barbecue in Texas," proclaims Houston native Vince O'Bar, as he deftly arranges hamburgers over a hot fire in his backyard. He is a man who enjoys fishing with his sons, playing basketball with the guys, and drinking a cold beer on a [...]
Tags: Suffering, Sickness, Children, Marriage, family, happiness, St Josemaria Institute
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Embraced in Her Suffering: A Reflection on Our Lady of Lourdes

"It was on Calvary that Christ, her most blessed Son and our brother, gave her to us as our mother, when he said to St John: 'Behold your mother.' And we received her, along with the beloved disciple, in that moment of supreme grief. The [...]
Tags: Joy, Suffering, Sickness, Generosity, Our Lady, St Josemaria Institute
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People of the year 2014: Persecuted Christians in Iraq

Video. (Rome Reports). It's a tragedy ROME REPORTS witnessed firsthand. Iraqi Christians forced out of their homes under the threat of being killed. Just a few years ago, there were roughly 2 million Christians in Iraq. Now there are less than 250,000. It was never [...]
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The Way of the Cross published in Bulgarian

In January this year the first Bulgarian version of St Josemaria’s book The Way of the Cross was published in Sofia, Bulgaria. The publisher is the Communitas Foundation, which previously published Holy Rosary and The Way in Bulgarian. Full details of the new publication: St Josemaría Escrivá [...]
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Pope Francis on Sunday Angelus denounces 'merchants in human flesh'

After the Angelus prayer, to mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis thanked the people that take care of immigrants, and condemned human trafficking. "I would like to thank those who work with migrants, who welcome them and accompany them in their [...]
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