The beatification Mass will be presided by the Pope’s delegate, Cardinal Angelo Amato.
Teresa Sadaba, spokesperson for the organizing committee, says that although the area is still under construction it has in place the infrastructure required for the ceremony.
With the occasion of the beatification, a number of projects
have been begun to assist people who are suffering because of the current
economic crisis in
Moreover, as Teresa Sadaba points out, the arrival of so many
people from around the world will be a big boost to the local economy,
especially in the hotel, transport and commercial sectors. Many families are
also opening up their homes for participants coming from Africa, Asia and
The city of
Alvaro del Portillo now has his own website (www.alvarodelportillo.org) with news about his life and teachings.
In addition, the official webpage for his beatification (www.alvaro14.org) will provide on an ongoing basis specific details about the ceremony in September.