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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Roman Catholic organization composed of both clergy and lay members and dedicated to fostering Christian principles at all levels of society.

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  • proper n. short for The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, a Roman Catholic organization composed of a prelate, secular clergy and lay people whose mission is to spread the Catholic teaching that everyone is called to become a saint; its lay members, men and women, engage in the affairs of the world and seek to direct them "according to God's will".


New Latin Opus Deī, work of God : Latin opus, work + Latin Deī, genitive of Deus, God.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Well, the name Opus Dei is mentioned numerous times in the film.

    CNN Transcript May 16, 2006

  • And for some, there is speculation about whether an ultra conservative Catholic group called Opus Dei is among the players in making the next selection.

    CNN Transcript Apr 17, 2005

  • Witness the dramatic rise in membership and prominence of ultra conservative lay organizations such as Opus Dei and the Pope's sponsorship of them.

    Interred with their bones

  • Javier was an ultra-conservative, pro-Franco follower of the Opus Dei, and he never ceased to scandalize me with his political opinions, which I strained to understand in my developing Spanish.

    A Fish Tale

  • Brown's blockbuster novel and film cast Opus Dei as villainous, clandestine, powerful and nefarious.

    Cathleen Falsani: How Do You Solve A Problem Like St. Josemaria?

  • The selection of Archbishop Jose Gomez to take over after Mahony's 75th birthday underscores those changes: Gomez is a member of Opus Dei, the influential group favored by Pope John Paul II that fiercely defends church orthodoxy and authority.

    L.A. cardinal's legacy tainted by abuse crisis

  • "Many of them are members of Opus Dei," Hersh said.

    Seymour Hersh: Military Being Run By 'Crusaders'

  • Set during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, when Escrivá was a young man he died in 1975 and was canonized Saint Josemaría in 2002, "There Be Dragons" was conceived by Roland Joffé, the Oscar-nominated English director and self-described "wobbly agnostic," who is hardly one to carry water for a group like Opus Dei.

    Opus Dei, in Hollywood and Rome

  • But Mr. Joffé offers a human and sympathetic portrait of Escrivá and, by extension, of Opus Dei.

    Opus Dei, in Hollywood and Rome

  • "I investigated Opus Dei, and I began to find a very important thing: Opus Dei is a group of people who come together to work on their spiritual life, to work on their relationship to God," Mr. Joffé said at a recent press conference in Madrid.

    Opus Dei, in Hollywood and Rome


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