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Photographic displays and other commemorative acts

Photographic displays on the life of St. Josemaría, in Italy:

— Vigevano (Pavia), from January 26 to February 2.
— Sondrio, from April 11 to 13.
— Urio (Como), on May 3, at the Castello di Urio.
— Pavia, from May 20 to 31.
— Lecco, from June 6 to 8.
— Varese, from June 20 to 21.

A conference on St. Josemaría is usually held during these photographic expositions.

A portrait of St. Josemaría at the Lateran Pontifical University of Rome. On March 6 a simple ceremony of presentation of a portrait of St. Josemaría was held at the Lateran University in the presence of Bishop Rino Fisichella, Rector of the University, and of Bishop Javier Echevarría, the Prelate of Opus Dei. Students from the various departments of the university attended the ceremony.

A fresco of St. Josemaría in the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Ponte Buggianese, Tuscany. On April 6, at a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Archbishop Francesco Monterisi, the Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for the Bishops, a mural dedicated to St. Josemaría, by painter Massimo Callossi, was inaugurated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Celebration of the 60th anniversary of St. Josemaría Escrivá’s trip to Calabria and Sicily. In Cittadella del Capo, a village on the Tirreno-Cosentina coast, a commemorative conference was held on March 1 in honor of the Founder of Opus Dei, with a stamp designed for the occasion and a photographic and bibliographic display. There was also a presentation of the book La Calabria de Escriva by the journalist and writer Assunta Scorpiniti.

Dedication of the Parish of St. Josemaría in Culiacan, Mexico. On March 14 the new parish Church of St. Josemaría was blessed in the district of Valle Alto. It will provide spiritual attention to some six thousand families. The ceremony was presided over by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico. Together with numerous ecclesiastical and civil authorities, many faithful of the parish and employees of the construction company were present.

A statue of St. Josemaría for the community of Desenredo, Managua, Nicaragua. The community of Desenredo was ravaged a few years ago by Hurricane Mitch. Thanks in part to the help of an enthusiastic group of volunteers from Valencia, Spain, conditions of life have slowly returned to normal. Recently a chapel dedicated to St. Josemaría has been constructed, with a wooden statue of the saint that was sculpted in Valencia. The statue was solemnly blessed by the pastor, with a procession and a band providing musical accompaniment.

Romana, No. 46, January-June 2008, p. 118-119.