Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor of St Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer as head of Opus Dei, will be beatified in
The organising committee for the beatification has published today a list of events planned to take place in Rome where Bishop del Portillo lived from 1943 until his death in 1994 and where his body rests in the crypt of the prelatic church of Our Lady of Peace (at Viale Bruno Buozzi, 75, Rome).
According to the spokesperson for the Roman events related to the beatification, Mara Celani, during the days following the beatification a considerable number of those who participated in
Programmed events from 29 September to 2 October
From 29 September to 2 October, pilgrims coming to
During those same days, in the patio next to the basilica there will be an exhibition for the pilgrims on the life of the new blessed and various social and educational activities which he promoted in different countries. There will also be a collection in aid of three projects related to the care of women and infants begun at the desire of Bishop del Portillo, in
On Tuesday 30 September two Holy Masses of thanksgiving will be celebrated, one in the Basilica of St John Lateran (at 11 am) and the other in the Basilica of St Mary Major (at 4.30 pm). The respective principal celebrants will be Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of his Holiness for the diocese of
On Wednesday 1 October, at 10 am, the faithful may wish to attend the General Audience with Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square, to show their gratitude for the beatification and their union with the Holy Father.
Finally, on Thursday 2 October at 5 pm in St Eugene’s Basilica there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a blessing with the relic of Blessed Alvaro, after which his body will be transferred back to the prelatic
Celani explained that several of these events will be able to be followed in real time, by streaming, on the internet, thanks to a number of volunteers, among who will be students and staff of the faculty of communications of the
More information on Alvaro del Portillo and his cause of canonisation can be found on www.alvarodelportillo.org.
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