Javier Echevarria


Age: 84

Spanish bishop who was the last of the original generation of clerics to lead the global Roman Catholic organization Opus Dei, who had been the prelate of Opus Dei (Latin for "Work of God") since 1994 when the mostly lay organization of faithful Catholics was founded on the premise that all people are called to holiness and should aspire to sainthood, and that ordinary life and daily work are paths to sanctity and service to society, but it has been criticized in recent years for its independence from the church hierarchy and its historic association with extreme right-wing causes.

Cause of Death: Lung infection

Born: June 14, 1932

Died: December 12, 2016

Rome, Italy