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Cause opening for Opus Dei second saint

A tribunal in Rome will open proceedings on Friday for the cause for canonisation cause of Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, a longtime collaborator of Opus Dei's first saint, founder Josemaría Escrivá.

Cardinal Camillo Ruini will preside over the opening session in the Lateran Palace. Bishop Javier Echeverría, head of the Prelature of Opus Dei, and others who personally knew Bishop del Portillo will attend.

Álvaro del Portillo was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1914, and succeeded Monsignor Escrivá as head of Opus Dei in 1975. Bishop del Portillo died in Rome in 1994.

An engineering student, he joined Opus Dei in 1935 after meeting Escriva. He was ordained priest in 1944, and moved two years later to Rome, where he lived the rest of his life. Besides his pastoral work in Opus Dei, he is known for his contribution to the Second Vatican Council. One of his chief interests in this work was to stress the role of lay people in the Church.

The Congregation for Sainthood Causes has established that, besides the tribunal of the Vicariate of Rome, a second tribunal will be conducted by Opus Dei. The sessions of that tribunal begin on 20 March.

Canonization Cause to Open for Opus Dei Bishop (Zenit 1/3/04)

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3 Mar 2004