The Prelate of Opus Dei arrived in Bologna, Italy, at noon on Sunday, February 15. In the afternoon, together with a number of bishops and public officials, he took part in the official welcome to the new Archbishop, Most Rev. Carlo Caffarra, in the main square of the city. They then went to the Cathedral of St. Peter to concelebrate Solemn Mass.
The following morning Bishop Echevarría returned to Rome.
The Prelate traveled to Vienna on March 26. On Saturday the 27th he celebrated Mass in the Center of the Regional Commission. That morning he had a meeting with faithful of the Prelature from Austria and Hungary in the crypt of the Church of St. Peter, which is entrusted to priests of Opus Dei.
At one in the afternoon the solemn funeral Mass for Cardinal König took place. After the funeral, the Prelate was able to greet many of the concelebrants who had come from various nations of Europe, as well as the civil authorities of the country.
On Sunday the 28th, he visited with a number of families and afterwards had a get-together with faithful of Opus Dei.
The Congregation for Catholic Education, accepting an initiative of Cardinal Angelo Scola, established in Venice, as of October 9, 2003, the St. Pius X Institute of Canon Law as an institution attached to the Roman Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
In connection with the academic ceremony inaugurating the “Studium Generale Marcianum,” of which the St. Pius X Institute of Canon Law will form part, the Prelate of Opus Dei arrived in Venice on Saturday, April 24, at midday. In the afternoon ceremony in the main auditorium of the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, the chief speakers were Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Holy See’s Secretary of State and the Patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola. Bishop Echevarría took part as the Chancellor of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
On the morning of Sunday, the 25th, the Prelate of Opus Dei concelebrated solemn Mass in the Basilica of St. Mark in honor of the Patron Saint of Venice. Early in the afternoon he returned to Rome. During his two days in Venice the Prelate was able to get together with faithful of Opus Dei and with a number of families.
Romana, No. 38, January-June 2004, p. 39.