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Serving the Church as she wishes to be served

Angela Solferino: I started to get more involved with Opus Dei in 1988 when I enrolled in the Faculty of Canonical Law in the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. I realized while attending the classes there that everything in reference to the doctrine and [...]
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Cardinal Franz König, Archbishop Emeritus of Vienna

I met Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer in Rome during the Second Vatican Council. I had been told that he fostered the role of laity in everyday life, in the world of work. He wanted the Church to be active in the world through the laity, [...]
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Escriva showed me that there is freedom in the Catholic Church

Escriva showed me something that I would have never believed, that there is freedom in the Catholic Church. What I thought before about the Catholic Church was the usual clichés: coercion, narrow-mindedness, “you must…” Through Escriva’s writings and video films of get-togethers I perceived what [...]
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His exemplary commitment to the Church

I had the grace to know Msgr. Escriva de Balaguer and to talk to him on different occasions, feeling the warmth of his sincere friendship and his exemplary commitment to the Church until the moment when God called him to His presence
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St Peter’s Basilica

Download St Peter’s Basilica in pdf format. St Peter was martyred during the persecution of Christians that took place under Nero following the great fire of Rome in 64 AD. St Peter had come to Rome a few years earlier, following our Lord’s command as recorded [...]
Tags: Church, Places in Rome, Pope, Early Christians
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Tracing the history of the Church in the footsteps of St Josemaría

St Josemaria is a good guide to the many places in Rome that he himself visited to draw faith from the witness of the early Christians. The aim of the articles gathered under the heading Places in Rome is to reveal the main traces of [...]
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Close to the Pope

When Saint Josemaría Escrivá was very young he used to dream of getting close to the Pope even for only a few moments, to have the chance of showing him his love and readiness to serve him. Msgr Javier Echevarría says: “His joy when he [...]
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The Universality of the Church

A summary of the article by Msgr. Ocariz, vicar general of Opus Dei, in which he unpacks St Josemaria’s many references to the universality of the Church. When St Josemaria spoke and wrote about the Church he explained how she is one, holy, catholic and [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Church, Opus Dei, Pope, Vatican II
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In Love with the Church

The core of this book is three homilies on themes related to the Church, given in 1972-73, when the author suffered much over the confusion of the post-conciliar years. The title captures his attitude of filial love for the Spouse of Christ that permeates these [...]
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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 [...]
Tags: Church, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, Work, Ordinary life