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The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, commonly known as Opus Dei (Latin for "Work of God"), is a prelature created by the Roman Catholic Church, composed of a prelate, secular priests, and lay people. The group's mission is to spread the Catholic teaching that everyone is called to become a saint by means of their daily work and social relations.
Opus Dei was founded on October 2, 1928 by a Roman Catholic priest Josemaría Escrivá, who was canonized in 2002. While recent Popes and many Catholic leaders strongly support what they see as Opus Dei's innovative teaching on the sanctifying value of ordinary work and have stated that it is completely faithful to the faith and traditions of the Church, Opus Dei's critics accuse it of ultraconservative beliefs, cult-like methods, secrecy, and a right-wing political agenda.
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