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Pope Francis convenes a Jubilee of Mercy

Video. (Rome Reports). On the two-year anniversary of his election, Pope Francis announced a surprise Holy Year of Mercy. The "extraordinary” Jubilee will begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica on December 8, and it will end on November 20, [...]
Tags: Church, Vatican II, Pope Francis, mercy

"Let us ask Paul VI for all the families in the world"

19-X-2014. The beatification of Pope Paul VI is a cause of great joy for the entire Church. Paul VI was the Pope who led Vatican II to its conclusion. His pastoral and apostolic impact on the world, as a young priest and in his later [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Church, Javier Echevarria, Pope, Vatican II, family, Pope Paul VI

Martin-Endje, Equatorial Guinea

Martin-Endje Ngonde Maguga was born in Bomudi (Equatorial Guinea), and is 81. He is married to Naty Oma Bokamba and they have three children. He met St Josemaria several times, including in April 1969, when he had the chance to talk with him in Rome [...]
Tags: Vatican II, June 26, Josemaria Escriva, Christians in the middle of the world

The use of Sacred Scripture in the writings of Saint Josemaria

In a certain sense we can fully understand the accomplishments of St. Josemaría, or the graces he received, when we come to understand his use of the Scriptures. For, in Opus Dei, he worked out a thoroughly biblical spirituality; and he himself saw the institution [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Passionately Loving the World, Contemplation, Gospel, Church, Vatican II, writings of the founder of Opus Dei, Sacred Scripture

John XXIII and John Paul II: two holy Popes, two Marian saints

The canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II is a great event for the Church and a sign of hope for the world, because where sanctity flourishes the crises in this world don’t have the final word. Sanctity provides a solid foundation on which to [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Heaven, Church, Pope John Paul II, Pope, Holiness, Vatican II, Vocation, Pope Francis, Pope John XXIII

Cardinal remembers Opus Dei priest as man ‘chosen by God’

By CNA, Elise Harris (Eurasiareview) During a special conference commemorating the life of deceased Opus Dei leader Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, Cardinal Julian Herranz noted the priest’s model of holiness for the Church. “The image of Fr. Alvaro del Portillo, who appears in the Second Vatican council [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Priesthood, Holiness, Vatican II, Beatification

St Josemaria Escriva and theological thought

An international congress on “St Josemaria and theological thought” will open in Rome on November 14, hosted by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Over three days, experts, lecturers and students of theology will examine the teachings of the Opus Dei founder. Fr Javier [...]
Tags: Study, Vatican II, Rome

The birthday of "alternative" feminism?

St Valentine’s Day is an important day for most people but this year it is especially important. Why? Is it going to be particularly chocolate-filled? Will there be a mountain of roses? No. It will be the 80th anniversary of the start of the women’s [...]
Tags: Pope John Paul II, Opus Dei, Vatican II, Women

'Progressives' and 'Fundamentalists'

What role do you think can be played in these times by the tendencies which in general terms have been called ‘progressive’ and ‘fundamentalist’? As I see it, the present doctrinal position of the Church could be expressed as ‘positive’ and at the same time ‘delicate’, [...]
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Centro ELIS, Italy

Centro ELIS, founded in Rome nearly forty years ago, runs a series of training activities connected with employment and sports with one end in view: to help every boy who takes part in them to mature on both the human and the Christian plane. Centro ELIS [...]
Tags: sports, Education, Pope, Work, Vatican II