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Pope Francis’ Letter on Beatification of Alvaro del Portillo

Here is a translation of the full text of a letter sent by Pope Francis to the prelate of Opus Dei, on the occasion of Saturday’s beatification of Alvaro del Portillo (1914-1994). The text was sent on June 26, feast of Saint Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei.

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Dear Brother:

The beatification of…

Cardinal Parolin’s Address to 69th Session of UN General Assembly

Here below is the address of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, at the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, Monday 29 September 2014). *** 
Mr President,
In extending to you the Holy See’s congratulations on your election to the presidency of the sixty-ninth …

Pope’s Address to Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses

Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave Saturday to participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses. * * *

Lord Cardinals,
Dear Brother Bishops and Priests,
Brothers and…

Humility: the Key That Opens the Door to Enter into the House of Holiness

Here below is the full text of the homily of Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, on the occasion of the Mass for the Beatification of Alvaro del Portillo, former prelate of Opus Dei. ***
1. “A shepherd according to the Heart of Christ, a zealous minister of the Church”.[…

Bishop of Myanmar: Trafficking of Our Children Must Stop

By Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar Human trafficking is a virtual hell for millions of vulnerable people. More than a million people are trafficked every year and around 400,000 women are forced into sex slavery. The world is yet to be asha…

Pope’s Angelus Address, Sunday Sept. 28th

At the end of the Holy Mass celebrated in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope handed the book of the Gospels – printed in large letters – to some elderly people in attendance. The same volume was also distributed after the ceremony to participants yesterday morning in St. Peter’s Square. Before the concludin…

Don Alvaro del Portillo Beatified in Madrid

The beatification of Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor of St. Josemaria as head of Opus Dei, took place on Saturday before a massive crowd, in a ceremony presided over by the delegate of Pope Francis, Cardinal Angelo Amato, who was accompanied …

Mass of Thanksgiving for Blessed Alvaro del Portillo

A Mass of thanksgiving took place Sunday morning for the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo.  The venue was the very same streets of Valdebebas that was filled with the more than 200,000 people that attended the beatification on Saturday.  A good number of these people returned same day to their homes in order to…

Pope’s Meeting With the Elderly in St. Peter’s Square

On the initiative of the Pontifical Council for the Family, a day dedicated to the elderly was celebrated on Sunday. Present in Saint Peter’s Square from numerous countries were thousands of elderly and grandparents, accompanied by their families. The meeting, entitled “The Blessing of a Long Life,” began at 8:30…

Pope’s Address at Presentation of Interconfessional Italian Bible

Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave today to members of the United Bible Societies for the presentation of the Bible in Italian “Word of the Lord – The Interconfessional Bible in Current Language.” * **
Dear Brothers in Christ,
I thank you for coming here to present to me the new Italian ve…

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