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Old news, but interesting news, from Opus Dei:

Blessed Josemaría Escriva to be canonized October 6, 2002

Pope John Paul II will canonize Blessed Josemar�a Escriv�, Opus Dei’s founder, the Vatican announced on February 26, 2002. The canonization will take place in Saint Peter’s Square on October 6, 2002. …

Blessed Josemar�a founded Opus Dei in Spain in 1928 to help people seek holiness in everyday life, especially through work. By the time of his death, on June 26, 1975, Opus Dei had spread to 32 countries and had 60,000 members.

“By his example and preaching, Blessed Josemar�a has taught many thousands of people that their daily activities can bring them closer to God,” said Rev. Arne Panula, the vicar of Opus Dei in the United States. “The Church, in declaring Blessed Josemar�a a saint, reminds us that all men and women are called to sanctity.”

Blessed Josemar�a�s emphasis on lay holiness, while first considered radical by some within the Catholic Church, was later re-affirmed by the Church�s Second Vatican Council. Pope John Paul and other Church leaders have described Blessed Josemar�a as a precursor of the Council.

“Your institution has as its aim the sanctification of one�s life, while remaining within the world at one�s place of work and profession,” Pope John Paul once told members of Opus Dei. “This is a truly great ideal, which right from the beginning has anticipated the theology of the lay state, a mark of the Church and the Council.”

Blessed Josemar�a was born in Barbastro, Spain, on Jan. 9, 1902. He founded Opus Dei on Oct. 2, 1928. After his death in 1975, a third of the world�s bishops petitioned the Vatican to open his cause of beatification and canonization.

Vatican procedures for canonization � a formal declaration that someone is a saint � require an exhaustive investigation of a potential saint’s life, plus two authenticated miracles.

Pope John Paul II beatified Monsignor Escriv� in Saint Peter’s Square on May 17, 1992, attracting an audience of about 300,000 people.

On Dec. 20, 2001, the Vatican authenticated a second miracle attributed to Blessed Josemar�a, thus clearing the way for the canonization. A Spanish doctor suffering from chronic radiodermatitis, damage to his hands caused by repeated exposure to x-rays, was miraculously healed after praying for Blessed Josemar�a’s intercession.

The canonization later this year coincides with a worldwide, year-long series of events commemorating the hundredth anniversary of Blessed Josemar�a’s birth. At one of these events last month Pope John Paul said, “Blessed Josemar�a placed at the center of his own preaching the truth that all the baptized are called to the fullness of charity, and that the most immediate way to reach this common goal is through the ordinary events of each day.”

Since Blessed Josemar�a’s death in 1975, the number of people in Opus Dei has grown to 84,000 people worldwide, with 3,000 in the United States. …

In what sense precisely was Escriv� a “precursor” of Vatican Two? For an alternative perspective, and to learn a bit about What’s Wrong with Opus Dei, try rickross.com or the Opus Dei Unofficial Home Page.

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