Apostolic Trip to Egypt

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Apostolic Trip to Egypt

On April 28-29, Pope Francis will make a brief visit to Egypt to show support for Christians there and try to build bridges with moderate Islam. With...

Balancing Work and Family

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Balancing Work and Family

"The balance between work and family should always favour the family. A professional worker is easy to replace, but it is impossible to replace a...

Thato's Journey in Faith

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Thato's Journey in Faith

Thato from South Africa shares her story with the Prelate of Opus Dei and the participants at the 2017 UNIV congress in Rome, describing how she...

​In love with nursing again

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​In love with nursing again

Adaeze trained as an orthopedic nurse. After finishing nursing school in 2012 she found herself working as an assisting nurse in a clinic in Enugu...

Venerable Montse Grases

Montse Grases Declared Venerable

Montse Grases Declared Venerable

In a decree dated April 26, Pope Francis authorized that Montse Grases (1941-1959), a young woman of Opus Dei, had practiced the virtues in an heroic degree and could be declared venerable.

Favors received from prayers to Montse Grases

Seeking the intercession of men and women who have died with a reputation for holiness is a common practice in the Catholic Church. Examples of favors received through the intercession of Montse follow.

Biography of Venerable Montse Grases

Biography of Venerable Montse Grases

Montserrat Grases was born in Barcelona on July 10, 1941. Montse, as she was known by everyone, had 8 siblings. Her parents sought to create a family climate in which sincere faith was fostered, with great respect for the children’s freedom.

Message of the day

“Where there is humility, there is wisdom”

Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae -- because he has looked graciously upon the lowliness of his handmaid ... I am more convinced every day that authentic humility is the supernatural basis for all virtues! Talk to Our Lady, so that she may train us to walk along that path. (Furrow, 289)

If we turn to Sacred Scripture we will see that humility is absolutely necessary when we are making ready to listen to God. ‘Where there is humility, there is wisdom’, says the book of Proverbs. Humility means looking at ourselves as we really are, honestly and without excuses. And when we realise that we are worth hardly anything, we can then open ourselves to God’s greatness: it is there our greatness lies.

How well Our Lady, Jesus’ Holy Mother, understood this! She, the most exalted...

Personal Testimonies

An African Smile - Don Alvaro and Nigeria

Whatever my son Alvaro asked Bishop Alvaro, he got!

Mary Agbu has 9 children. She was expecting her first child Alvaro when Bishop Alvaro del Portillo came to Nigeria in 1989. She remembers vividly advice the prelate gave her and her husband for the formation of their children. She tells of some special favors received through the intercession of Alvaro del Portillo.

Don Alvaro helped my son return to God

Florence Ibekwe works in the poultry unit of the Iroto Rural Development Centre, Ogun State Nigeria. Here she tells of a favor she received thanks to the intercession of the soon-to-be-blessed Alvaro del Portillo