Hometown crowds rejoice at Portillo’s beatification in Madrid
The Spanish bishop who worked as an engineer before becoming first prelate of the Opus Dei movement has been beatified in his native Madrid.
Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes, said Bishop Alvaro del Portillo was known for his “prudence and rectitude in evaluating events and people, his justice in respecting the good name and freedom of others, his fortitude in facing up to physical or moral difficulties, and the temperance shown in his sobriety and interior and exterior mortification.”
He was not a talkative person, the cardinal said, “but his engineer’s training gave him habits of intellectual rigour, conciseness and precision, enabling him to go straight to the essence of problems and solve them.”
Blessed Alvaro, who died in 1994, succeeded St Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer as head of the personal prelature of Opus Dei.
Cardinal Amato told about 150,000 people from 80 countries that Blessed Alvaro had “a notable serenity and considerateness, a habit of smiling, understanding, speaking well about others and reflecting deeply before judging.”