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Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the first Opus Dei prelate, was recently declared "venerable" by the Vatican, moving his cause for sainthood a step forward.
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Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the first Opus Dei prelate, was recently declared "venerable" by the Vatican, moving his cause for sainthood a step forward.
The late Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the first prelate of Opus Dei who has been declared “venerable” by the Vatican, offered “an example of faithfulness” as a layman, priest and bishop, say backers of his sainthood cause. Before the Spanish-born bishop can be beatified, the Vatican must recognize that a miracle has occurred through his intercession. A possible miracle has been submitted to the Vatican for study by theological and medical experts.

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