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Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri: a digital beatification


Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri's beatification will will be a very digitized event that everyone can follow.  

This is because the official website “guadalupe19.org” contains all the information about the upcoming ceremony. It also allows one to receive news through WhatsApp. The beatification will be streamed from the Opus Dei website. There is even an app where one can learn more about Blessed Guadalupe and can be downloaded for Android and Apple in English and Spanish. 

GEMA BELLIDO
Digital Project www.guadalupe19.org

“These online services in some way help create a digital pilgrimage. This is because it allows people who will not be able to travel to Madrid to experience what it is like to attend a beatification.”

In keeping with the new blessed's spirit of solidarity, the NGO Harambee and organizing committee for the beatification have launched “Guadalupe Scholarships.” They are 100 scholarships for young African women working in scientific fields. Guadalupe was one of the first Spanish women to study in a university science faculty. She was also very committed to the professional training of women.

LINDA CORBI
Harambee Africa International

"The initiative is called "Guadalupe Scholarships." It means 10 scholarships per year will be awarded for the next 10 years, for 100 scholarships total.”

The beatification of Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri has already generated much expectation. She is known not for being a public figure, nor a martyr, but for living a simple and ordinary life. It seems the 14,000 seats in Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid will not be sufficient to accommodate all those who want to attend the beatification on May 18.

Those who knew Guadalupe describe her as a cheerful, committed woman, someone with great qualities who was always ready to assist others. 

Guadalupe was one of the first women to be admitted to a university in Spain in the 1930s. She was a very demanding person, not only with herself but with others. However, at the same time, she was close and affectionate to people. 

CARLA VASALLO
International Beatification Committee

“When she enrolled at the university in chemistry there were only eight women for every 100 students. Most of them were studying literature or pharmacy. She had a bright future ahead of her, she was a person who would go far.”

Four years after graduating, in 1944, she decided to join Opus Dei and not marry. This was because she wanted to give herself completely to God. From then on she devoted her life to the Church by providing human and spiritual formation to lay people. 

Guadalupe decided to postpone her professional career so she could devote her time to helping Opus Dei. It was only until the 1960s, at around the age of 50, that she held a position at the School of Industrial Mastery in Madrid. Guadalupe would die nine years later, because of heart problems she had been experiencing for a long time.