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May 16, 1992 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saints are the icons of their church, but there will be acrimony as well as reverence Sunday when Pope John Paul II beatifies a controversial Spanish priest in what opponents call a rush to judgment. In perhaps the most contentious beatification in modern times, John Paul will honor Msgr. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, founder of the disciplined, ultraconservative Roman Catholic organization Opus Dei. Beatification will leave the Blessed Escriva one step short of sainthood.
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May 16, 1992 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saints are the icons of their church, but there will be acrimony as well as reverence Sunday when Pope John Paul II beatifies a controversial Spanish priest in what opponents call a rush to judgment. In perhaps the most contentious beatification in modern times, John Paul will honor Msgr. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, founder of the disciplined, ultraconservative Roman Catholic organization Opus Dei. Beatification will leave the Blessed Escriva one step short of sainthood.
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December 19, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A Vatican department has given the initial green light for Msgr. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, the Spanish founder of the controversial Roman Catholic group Opus Dei, to be declared a saint by Pope John Paul II, sources said. The Vatican sources said the Congregation for the Causes of Saints also approved the sainthood cause of Padre Pio, an internationally famous mystic Italian monk who died in 1968.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A New Jersey priest has been named the U.S. leader of Opus Dei, one of the Roman Catholic Church's most controversial and fastest-growing movements. The Rev. Thomas G. Bohlin was appointed vicar for the United States by Bishop Javier Echevarria, prelate of the Rome-based movement. Opus Dei was founded in 1928 by St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer to encourage Catholic laity to bring holiness to daily life. Pope John Paul II elevated Escriva to sainthood Oct. 6, 27 years after his death.
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January 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Papal aides say more than 2.8 million people attended Pope John Paul II's audiences, liturgical services and midday prayers at the Vatican during 2002. The number of people who turned out to see and hear the ailing 82-year-old Roman Catholic pontiff during his trips this year to Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Guatemala and Mexico has been estimated unofficially at 5 million.
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December 21, 2001 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pope John Paul II opened the way Thursday for the canonization of 16th century shepherd Juan Diego as Mexico's first indigenous saint, despite a recent controversy in which a prominent clergyman challenged that he ever existed. Juan Diego's vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531 on a hillside in what is now Mexico City led to the construction of the nation's most important shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and helped make the virgin this country's most beloved religious figure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Marking the first time he had celebrated a memorial Mass for Opus Dei, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony on Saturday called on an estimated 2,000 members and friends of the conservative Roman Catholic group in attendance to lead saintly lives. Speaking on the feast day of St.
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October 7, 2002 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pope John Paul II raised to sainthood Sunday the founder of Opus Dei, in effect giving the ultimate seal of approval to an influential but much criticized Roman Catholic group that calls for holiness in everyday life. Spanish-born Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer "was a master in the use of prayer, which he considered an extraordinary 'weapon' with which to redeem the world," John Paul said in his homily at the canonization service in St. Peter's Square.
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June 17, 2006 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
So a guy walks up to the doorman at Opus Dei's red brick national headquarters in New York City, points at an upper floor and asks, "Is that where you keep the torture chamber?" "That's ridiculous!" says the doorman. "The torture chamber's in the basement." That's not just a joke. It's a true story as told by the doorman in question, Robert Boone.
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April 11, 1993 | Tad Szulc, Tad Szulc, who reports widely on foreign affairs, is the author of "Fidel: A Critical Portrait," (Avon). He is working on a book on religion and politics for Macmillan.
No figure in the history of the Roman Catholic Church commands greater veneration from Pope John Paul II than St. Stanislaw. In 1079, the patron saint of the Pope's native Poland was assassinated while at church on the orders of King Boleslaw the Bold. He was elevated to sainthood in 1253. The pontiff describes the bishop as "the advocate of reconciliation of all his fellow countrymen."
WORLD
April 19, 2005 | Larry B. Stammer and Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writers
When Pope John Paul II arrived at Opus Dei headquarters one March day 11 years ago, even members of the ultraconservative lay religious movement long accustomed to Vatican favor saw the visit as a singular moment in the group's ascendancy within the Roman Catholic Church. The pope had come to pay his respects to Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the prelate of Opus Dei, who had died that day.
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