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1000 Aussies fly to Rome for Opus Dei founder canonisation

About 1000 Australians have booked to fly to Rome for Sunday's canonisation of Blessed Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei.

The Opus Dei Information Office in Sydney told the Catholic Weekly they include people of many different social and racial backgrounds, including Italians, Lebanese, Croatians, Chinese and Koreans.

Many are going because they believe that Escrivá, who lived from 1902-1975, is a contemporary saint they can relate to.

"It was message that attracted me. Finding God in my daily life" said Martin Cullen, a physician trainee at North Shore Hospital.

Also attending is New Zealander Mark Gardiner, who attributes his recovery from serious car accident injuries 12 years ago to the intercession of Blessed Josemaría Escrivá.

"[Escrivá] and his message belong to the whole Church now, not just to his spiritual family, Opus Dei," said Msgr. John Masso, the vicar of the Prelature of Opus Dei for Australia and New Zealand.

Catholic Weekly/Opus Dei Australian Prelature

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Pope to canonise will canonise Blessed Josemaria Escriva on Sunday (Vatican Information Service)
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3 Oct 2002