Death and Canonization

1975-2002
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On June 26, 1975, St Josemaria gave up his soul to God after suddenly collapsing on entering the room where he worked. He passed away with the same simplicity that had characterized his life. The fame of the heroic virtues of St Josemaria soon extended around the world, and countless people turned to his intercession, asking for both material and spiritual favors.

On May 12, 1981, his Cause of Beatification and Canonization was opened in Rome. After a rigorous study of his life and his writings, and with the proof of a miracle brought about through his intercession, Pope Saint John Paul II beatified him on May 17, 1992 in Rome.

After the approval of a new miracle, he was solemnly canonized by Pope Saint John Paul II on October 6, 2002 before an immense crowd of nearly half a million people. This figure bears witness to the widespread devotion to St Josemaria Escriva, a man who proclaimed that every person has the ability and responsibility to seek God in their ordinary work and lives.