Pope Paul VI offered Mass for St Josemaria’s soul
On June 27, 1975, Pope Paul VI offered the holy Mass for the soul of Msgr. Josemaria Escriva, “such a faithful son”, whose death represented a great loss for the Church.
Don Alvaro del Portillo wrote: “I was greatly consoled to receive the affectionate reply from the Holy Father Paul VI to the message breaking the news of Msgr. Josemaria’s death which I had sent as Secretary General of the Work. Through Msgr. Benelli, the Pope sent his condolences and told us that he too would be praying spiritually before the body of “such a faithful son” of Holy Mother Church and the Vicar of Christ. Before the solemn requiem Mass, a telegram arrived at Villa Tevere from the Apostolic See. The Pope again offered his condolences, said that he was offering suffrages for the repose of our Founder’s soul, and stated his conviction that he had been someone chosen and specially loved by God. He ended by giving his apostolic blessing to the whole of the Work. As is normally the case, the telegram was signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State, and he added his own message saying that he united himself wholeheartedly to our grief and to all that had been said by Pope Paul VI, who wished his message to reach us as soon as possible.”
(Quoted in Fuentes para la historia del Opus Dei, Federico M. Requena and Javier Sesé, Barcelona: Ariel, 2002.)