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Opus Dei Leader Dies at 84

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By    |   Monday, 12 Dec 2016 09:44 PM

Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, head of the Catholic Opus Dei, died Monday after being hospitalized for pneumonia, Catholic News Agency reported.

The bishop was 84.

"Bishop Echevarría was receiving an antibiotic to fight a lung infection," according to a statement from the group. "The clinical situation was complicated in the final hours provoking respiratory insufficiency, which resulted in his death."

He was administered late rites Monday afternoon by his auxiliary, Msgr. Fernando Ocariz.

The bishop first met Opus Dei founder St. Josemaria Escriva in his native Madrid. Members of the group are taught to use their jobs and everyday activities to encounter God. Members attend meetings of Opus Dei, but also continue to attend Mass at their local church.

Bishop Echevarría served as St. Josemaria's secretary from 1953 to 1975, and later became secretary general. He has been prelate since 1994 and became a bishop the next year.

Msgr. Ocariz will run Opus Dei and will hold a congress within the next three months to choose a successor, who then must be confirmed by Pope Francis.

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