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St. Josemaría and Guatemala

To commemorate the 110th anniversary of St. Josemaría’s birth, a traveling exposition featuring his life and work was held in Guatemala. The exposition, entitled “St. Josemaría – Path through Guatemala,” includes a series of panels and pictures—and some items of personal use—that give graphic testimony to the life of the saint and his relationship with Guatemalans, as well as a video with unpublished footage taken during his stay in Guatemala in 1975. It also includes a brief presentation of some corporate apostolic works of Opus Dei in Guatemala, as well as the life of the Servant of God, Dr. Ernesto Cofiño Ubico, a Guatemalan doctor and supernumerary member of the Prelature who died in 1991, and whose process of Canonization has been opened.

It was inaugurated on February 18 in the Exposition Hall of the National Palace of Culture, in Guatemala City. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian, of Guatemala City, and by the Regional Vicar of Opus Dei, Msgr. Francis Wurmser. This first exposition was open for four days, coinciding with the days on which the founder of Opus Dei was in Guatemala in 1975. More than 5,000 people visited it.

Since then the exposition has been held in various places. In March and April it was shown in two commercial centers of Guatemala City, and in May it moved to the city of Escuintla, where its opening was presided over by the bishop of the diocese, Most Rev. Victor Hugo Palma.

Over 10,000 people have now seen the exposition and come to know St. Josemaria and his message better. During the second half of 2012, there are plans to bring the exposition to other cities in the country’s interior.

Romana, No. 54, January-June 2012, p. 116.