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Opus Dei founder canonised

Pope John Paul II canonised Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer during a solemn ceremony on Sunday morning at the Vatican.

Forty-two cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests concelebrated with the Holy Father, including Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of Congregation for the Causes of Saints. More than 400 ecclesiastical authorities were seated to the left of the altar, including cardinals, archbishops and bishops, representatives of different Church movements and superiors of religious orders.

During the ceremony, a relic of the new saint was on exhibit in St Peter's Square.

John Paul II began his homily in Italian and Spanish, recalling that St Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer "allowed himself to be docilely guided by the Holy Spirit, convinced that the will of God could be accomplished only in this way.

"That basic Christian truth," he continued, "was a recurring theme in his preaching. He never ceased to invite his spiritual children to invoke the Holy Spirit so that ... their relationship with God and their family, social and professional life were not separated but constituted one existence, 'holy and full of God'."

The Pope reiterated that the teachings of the new saint were "timely and urgent" today and he explained that "the believer ... is called to forge a uninterrupted and vital relationship with the Lord" because "he is called to be a saint and to collaborate in the salvation of humanity."

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8 Oct 2002