At 9:20 p.m. today Rome time, on the feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, Bishop Javier Echevarria, the prelate of Opus Dei, passed away. He was 84. He was the second successor of St. Josemaria Escriva, Opus Dei’s founder.

The auxiliary vicar of Opus Dei, Monsignor Fernando Ocariz, administered the sacrament of the sick a few hours before his death.

Bishop Echevarria had been hospitalized on Dec. 5th at the Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital in Rome because of an infection in his lungs.

He was receiving antibiotics to combat the infection. In the last hours complications arose which caused difficulty in his breathing and resulted in his death.

Bishop Echevarria was born in 1932 in Madrid, and it was there that he met St. Josemaria. He was St. Josemaria’s secretary from 1953 to 1975. He was later appointed secretary general for Opus Dei and in 1994 was elected prelate. On January 6, 1995, he was ordained bishop by St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica.

From September 19 to 23, 2016, on the initiative of the Faculty of Canon Law, the VI Course on Marriage Law and Canonical Procedure took place. The course was dedicated to the continuing education of those working in Ecclesial Tribunals.

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It is available online the Academic Guide, Year 2016-17.

From September 12 to 16, 2016, on the iniciative of the School of Church Communications and Associazione ISCOM, the Seminar and Photography Course "The Human Look: How to tell visual stories which reflect your identity” took place.

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From September 5 to 11, 2016, on the initiative of the Faculty of Communications, the 5th edition of The Church Up Close took place. It is a conference offered in English for journalists who cover religious news, this year on the theme, Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis.

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Press Release


From September 5 to 15, 2016, on the initiative of the Department of Church History, a Workshop in Humanistic IT for Philologists will take place.

For admission, some type of literary-linguistic degree is required, and the applicant cannot be older than 35.

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Enrollment (by July 31, 2016)

Registrations for summer courses in GreekLatinHebrew and Practical Methodare now open.

Most are scheduled for the moth of July. 

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The Faculty of Church Communications, celebrating its XX anniversary this year, just launched an academic journal called Church, Communication & Culture, which is of international character and gratuitously offered online. 

Further information

Journal’s Website

From June 1 to 3, 2016, is the Jubilee for Priests and Seminarians. Among other initiatives for the event, a retreat will be held during which Pope Francis will preach and preside over the Holy Mass.

The first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was just launched on the initiative of the Faculty of Canon Law.
The course is designed for professionals in field, serving as An Introduction to the Canonical Marriage Process Reform requested by Pope Francis in 2015.
The lectures – accompanied by multimedia material – are given by prof. Joaquín Llobell, with the additional participation of prof.s Héctor Franceschi, Miguel Ángel Ortiz and Massimo del Pozzo.

Link to the course