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Declarations on the Upcoming Canonization

- Card. Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna (Vienna Cathedral, January 9, 2002) “God has given man the power to shape reality. Blessed Josemaria took this fundamental message to task: work, understood not only as a means of self-fulfillment, but also of sanctity”. - [...]
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Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei. Rome, June 26, 2006

Dear brothers and sisters, Ut in gratiarum semper actione maneamus! May we always live in constant thanksgiving! Deo omnis gloria! All the glory to God! These were two of the aspirations that inspired St Josemaría, whose feast we are celebrating today and whose exemplary daily life [...]
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Facts and Figures on the canonization

The Concelebrants The Holy Father concelebrated with 42 other persons: cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests. Among them were Card. Jose Saraiva Martins (Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of the Saints), Card. Antonio María Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid (the diocese in which the new [...]
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St Peter’s Square

The majestic façade of St Peter’s Basilica was completed in 1614, when the thirteen statues of the risen Christ, St John the Baptist, and eleven Apostles were placed on the balustrade surmounting the edifice. The square in front of it, however, did not yet have [...]
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Detailed chronology of the Cause of the Canonization of St Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer

The Cause of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of Opus Dei, concluded on October 6, 2002 when His Holiness Pope John Paul II canonized him in a solemn ceremony. The following account tracks the main steps in this canonical process, through official documents alone. 1) Preparation February 2, [...]
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From 17 May 1992 to 6 October 2002

Canonizations have always been a real feast for the Church. The people who attend canonization ceremonies are filled with joy, and it shows in their happy faces, exchanges of hugs and greetings, and their songs. As theologian José Luis Illanes says, “Every canonization begins from [...]
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Opus Dei Prelature

The following are some words by the present Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, on the significance of the establishment of Opus Dei as a personal prelature of the Catholic Church. The pontifical act by which the Opus Dei prelature was established on November 28, [...]
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The canonical solution of Opus Dei

By the Apostolic Constitution Ut Sit, dated 28 November 1982, Pope John Paul II set up Opus Dei as a personal prelature. This meant that, in accordance with its foundational charisma, the Work was recognized by the Church”s Canon Law as a secular structure: personal, [...]
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St Josemaria and Pope Pius XII

The first words of affection and encouragement Father Escriva heard in Rome in 1946 were from Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini, an intelligent, sensitive Italian from Brescia who, since the end of the Second World War, had been involved in the delicate task of renewing the [...]
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The founder of Opus Dei in Pompeii, Almudena, Sonsoles and Fatima, 1968-1970

“My dearest daughters and sons: you will have wondered why in these last few years I’ve been going from one shrine of our Lady to another, in a continual pilgrimage over many countries, which also enables me to thank our Lord for the chance to [...]
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