MANILA, September 25, 2014 — Networks will broadcast live the beatification Mass of Alvaro del Portillo, which will take place on Saturday, September 27, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Madrid time (6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Manila time).
Non-cable TV subscribers in the Philippines may watch the beatification rites over IBC-13 with free-to-air TV that will simultaneously broadcast the EWTN coverage.
The beatification rite and Mass will be carried live on all 11 of EWTN’s regional language channels: Pacific Rim; Africa/South Asia; Spanish International; United Kingdom/Ireland; Germany; Europe; Canada; United States; United States-Spanish; and United States-Spanish.
Immediately before the live broadcast of the ceremony, at 5:30 p.m. Manila time, EWTN will carry a half-hour interview with the Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarria.
This website, www.opusdei.ph, will carry a livestream of the beatification Mass on September 27 and the thanksgiving Mass on September 28, as well as summary videos of the post-beatification activities in Rome.
Bishop Alvaro del Portillo succeeded St. Josemaria Escriva as the head of Opus Dei on September 15, 1975. Inspired by St. Josemaria, Del Portillo taught many ordinary Christians a way of sanctification through daily work in the faithful fulfillment of their daily duties.
As head of Opus Dei, Alvaro del Portillo encouraged the growth of the apostolic work in the Philippines which, in the context of widespread poverty in the country, included social projects for the professional training of men and women among the less privileged sectors of society.
On July 5, 2013, Pope Francis signed the decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Alvaro del Portillo, which paved the way to his beatification.
The miracle is the instantaneous healing of newborn baby from Chile who suffered cardiac arrest a few days after his birth in August 2003. Through the intercession of Alvaro del Portillo and without any additional treatment, the heart of the new born baby started to beat again. Ten years later, despite the seriousness of his medical situation, the boy leads a normal life.
Close to 12,000 signed accounts of favors, some of which refer to family life, have been received through the intercession of Alvaro del Portillo. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas)