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Opus Dei
Opus Dei was founded in Madrid, Spain, on October 2, 1928, by St. Josemaria Escriva. In 1982, Pope John Paul II established it as a personal prelature of international scope through the Apostolic Constitution Ut Sit. Its full name is The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei. Personal prelatures are canonical structures, foreseen by the Second Vatican Council, which are established to carry out special apostolic tasks: in the case of Opus Dei, to spread through every sector of society a deep awareness of the universal call to sanctity and apostolate, and more specifically of the sanctifying value of ordinary work.

"Yours is truly a great ideal," said Pope John Paul II in 1979, "which from its beginnings anticipated the theology of the laity which later characterized the Church of the Council and the post-conciliar era. Such is the message and the spirituality of Opus Dei: to live united to God in the midst of the world in any situation, each one struggling to be better with the help of grace and to make Jesus known with the testimony of his or her own life." At present there are over 84,000 members of the Prelature, priests and laity from every continent.

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