The Head of Opus Dei – the supposedly conservative Catholic organisation – Javier Echevarria, has died. We learned this on today (Tuesday) on the Twitter account of this controversial organisation, which was founded during 1928 in Spain.
An official communiqué (an organisation centred around God) cited on the social network that Monseigneur Echevarria, aged 84, died following a lung infection.
He had been admitted to hospital last Tuesday. Mgr Echevarria, was born in Madrid in 1932. He had succeeded Alvaro Del Portillo in 1994. Del Portillo himself was the successor of the founder of Opus Dei, Josemaria Escriva.
With a presence in a number of European countries, but also in Latin America, Opus Dei is a secret institution.
Its members are often personalities from the political or economic world. The organisation has always aroused controversy around its real or assumed influence.
The current spokesperson from the Vatican, Greg Burke, is a member of Opus Dei, just like his predecessor, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who worked under Pope John Paul II.