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Book about Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

The publishing house Editrice Vaticana has issued a book on Bishop Alvaro del Portillo entitled “Good and Faithful Servant.” It was edited by Vicente Bosch, library director of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Cardenal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, added a preface.

The title refers to the phrase used by John Paul II in his condolence telegram just after the demise of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, on March 23, 1994. By publishing this book seven years after his passing, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross seeks to recall, with thankfulness and affection, its founder and chancellor.

The book is divided into three sections: the figure of Bishop del Portillo, his role in the Church, and his theological and canonical contributions. It gathers in one compilation the testimonies of a number of people working in the university. Two articles and an address by the current Prelate of Opus Dei are also included.

Romana, No. 32, January-June 2001, pag. 81.