The Opus Dei press office in Rome has announced that the remains of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor to St Josemaria Escriva, will be put on display from September 29 to October 2 at the Basilica of St Eugene in Rome.
The beatification of Bishop del Portillo, set for September 27, will take place in Madrid, but commemorative acts will take place in Rome, where the Spanish bishop's remains are interred. Bishop del Portillo lived in the Italian capital from 1946 until his death in 1994.
'We are receiving petitions from young people and adults who desire to come to the city of St Peter for the beatification in order to see the Pope and pray for him and his intentions, and to pray before the remains of the new blessed,' explained the spokeswoman for the events in Rome, Mara Celani.
'Many Roman families have expressed their willingness to open their homes to pilgrims coming from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania,' she added.
Bishop del Portillo's remains will be moved on June 29 from the Church of St Mary of Peace in Rome to the Basilica of St Eugene.
The committee considered the basilica to be more accessible to the large number of pilgrims expected to attend because of its central location.
An exhibit on the life of Bishop del Portillo will be on display outside the basilica beginning on that same day.
On September 30, the Pope's Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Basilica of St John Lateran. The Archpriest of the Basilica of St Mary Major, Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, will celebrate a second Mass later in the afternoon.
All the ceremonies for the beatification will be streamed online at www.alvarodeportillo.org.