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Almudi Theology Dialogues (April 17, 2015), Valencia, Spain

On Friday April 17, at the invitation of Archbishop Antonio Cardinal Cañizares of Valencia, the Prelate of Opus Dei gave the inaugural address for the annual “Almudi Theology Dialogues.”

Organized by the St. Vincent Ferrer School of Theology in Valencia and the Almudi Priest’s Library, the topic this year was “Vatican II and the priesthood: fifty years of Presbyterorum Ordinis. In memory of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo.”

Bishop Echevarría’s address was entitled “Blessed Alvaro del Portillo’s role in drafting the decree Presbyterorum Ordinis at the Second Vatican Council” (included in full in the following pages).

The address, followed by a question period, took place in the Alfonso the Magnanimous Hall of the La Beneficencia Cultural Center. A large number of priests from the Archdiocese of Valencia and the dioceses of Segorbe-Castellon, Orihuela-Alicante, and Cartagena took part. Cardinal Cañizares presided over the meeting.

At 7 pm that evening, in the cathedral of Valencia, Bishop Echevarría concelebrated Holy Mass with the Cardinal Archbishop and other church leaders. The Prelate also went to pray before Our Lady of the Forsaken, in the chapel that has an image of St. Josemaría praying before the patroness of the city.

Over the course of the weekend, before returning to Rome on the 19th, Bishop Echevarría held various meetings with faithful of the Prelature and friends.

Romana, No. 60, January-June 2015, pag. 58-59.