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No. 58 • January - June 2014 • Page 94

Ceremonies in Rome in connection with the beatification

On Monday June 23, the organizing committee for the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo published the program of events planned to take place in Rome, where Bishop del Portillo lived from 1943 until his death in 1994, and where his body rests in the crypt of the prelatic church of Our Lady of Peace (at Viale Bruno Buozzi, 75, Rome).

From September 29 to October 2, pilgrims coming to Rome will be able to visit the Basilica of St. Eugene, where the body of the new blessed will be placed temporarily to allow many faithful to pray before it. The body will be transferred from the prelatic church of Our Lady of Peace to the Basilica of St Eugene on Monday September 29 at 6 pm.

On Tuesday September 30, two Masses of Thanksgiving will be celebrated, one in the Basilica of St. John Lateran (at 11 am) and the other in the Basilica of St. Mary Major (at 4.30 pm). The respective principal celebrants will be Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of his Holiness for the diocese of Rome and Cardinal Santos Abril, Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

On Wednesday October 1, at 10 am, the faithful may wish to attend the General Audience with Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square, to show their gratitude for the beatification and their union with the Holy Father. On the night of October 1 to 2, especially organized for young people, a prayer vigil will be held in the Basilica of St Eugene.

Finally, on Thursday October 2 at 5 pm, in St Eugene’s Basilica, there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a blessing with the relic of Blessed Alvaro, after which his body will be transferred back to the prelatic church of Our Lady of Peace. On that same day, at the Campus Bio-Medico University in Rome, an institution born through the urging of Bishop del Portillo, a chapel dedicated to our Lady will be inaugurated.

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