Doubleday has published a new edition of The Way for the United States and Canada. Several presentation ceremonies were organized for the publicity campaign. In the one in New York, among those invited to speak was Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius Catanello of Brooklyn. The new edition, entitled The Way: the Essential Classic of Opus Dei’s Founder, includes a prologue by the Prelate of Opus Dei.
Rialp publishers has published The Way of the Cross in Galician, translated by Fr. Luciano Armas. The book was presented to the public in various cities of Galicia. In Santiago, together with the translator, speakers included Roman Law Professor Ángel Gomez-Iglesias and Maria Luisa Lopez, from the Rosalia de Castro Foundation. In Lugo the city’s Bishop Jose Gomez took part in the presentation. In Orense the presentation took place on a local television program that was rebroadcast at various times throughout the week. Newspapers also reported on the event in a number of Galician cities.
On January 14 Kristu Pâthawas published, the Malayalam translation of The Way of the Cross by St. Josemaría. This language is spoken by more than 30 million people in the state of Kerala in southern India. The translation was carried out under the encouragement of Archbishop Emeritus of Kottayam, Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry. “My interest in Opus Dei led me to read all the published works of St. Josemaría Escrivá. During Lent I used The Way of the Cross for my personal devotion. And for the good of the people who speak Malayalam, I arranged to have the book translated,” said the Archbishop.
On June 24, in Brazil, a street in Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, was dedicated in honor of St. Josemaría. The street is located in the eastern section of the city, close to the Botanical Garden and the Catholic University. The initiative was due to the efforts of João Carlos Nedel, city councillor. The Porto Alegre municipal council approved it unanimously. The plaque with the name of the street—São Josemaría Escrivá-Fundador do Opus Dei—was unveiled in the presence of about a hundred people, among whom were civil and church authorities and district representatives.
On June 25 a relic of St. Josemaría was placed in the parish of Santo Antônio do Limão in São Paulo. The relic has been installed next to a painting of the saint that has been venerated in that church for some time. In connection with the event, Holy Mass was concelebrated by the Regional Vicar of the Prelature and the pastor. A large number of faithful took part in the ceremony.
The Information Office of Opus Dei in Paris published a booklet in June entitled Visages de l’Opus Dei, which includes testimonies of faithful and Cooperators of the Prelature about how their daily life is influenced by the spirit that St. Josemaría received and taught people to live.
In January, White Wave Publications, in Seoul, published three thousand copies of a new translation of The Way in Korean (Guil). Many readers have been getting access to the book via the internet. Guil has also been widely spread through Catholic Digest Korea, a magazine with a large circulation in the country.
The first edition of The Way in simplified Chinese ideograms was published by Spring Publications of Hong Kong in April 2006. Two thousand copies of the book, entitled Dou Lou, were printed in the first run.
In the city of Rosario, Argentina, a projection of A Love for Freedom was organized. This documentary illustrates some of St. Josemaría Escrivá’s teachings on freedom, with the testimony of various faithful of the Prelature of Opus Dei. Some 300 people took part in the projection of the video in a meeting hall located on the banks of the Paraná River. Many of those invited were journalists from local papers.
The city of Mar del Plata (Argentina) has a new statue of St. Josemaría. The official inauguration included a presentation by Fr. Patricio Olmos, Vicar of the Prelature of Opus Dei in Argentina. He spoke on freedom in the message of St. Josemaría. Following his presentation, a projection of the documentary A Love for Freedom was held. The ceremony concluded with the blessing of the statue.
The first Estonian edition of Holy Rosarywas published in December 2005, and a large number of copies were distributed during the winter and spring of 2006.
Three DVD’s containing highlights of get-togethers with St. Josemaría in Spain and Latin America and the documentary A Gift of God have been made available in Lithuanian.
The publishing companies M of Krakow and Ks. Sw. Jacka of Katowice have published the Polish version of the third and last volume of the biography of St. Josemaría by Andres Vázquez de Prada. M publishing company has also republished A Retreat with St. Josemaría Escrivá (Rekolekcje ze sw. Josemaría Escrivá). This is a collection of the Founder of Opus Dei’s writings, grouped around the classic themes of a retreat. Each theme has a brief introduction by the editor, Juan Luis O’Dogherty. Meanwhile the Warsaw company Apostolicum and Ks. Sw. Jacka have jointly brought out the seventh reprint of Bruzda (Furrow) in an easy-to-handle small edition. The same publishing companies have also jointly published Conversations with Josemaría Escrivá (Rozmowy z pralatem Escrivá) and In Love with the Church (Kochac Kosciol). The second Polish printings of both books, they complete a collection of the works of the Founder of Opus Dei in an especially attractive format. The series was begun in connection with the centennial of his birth.