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    of their own parishes their own dioceses and they receive all the benefits and the support that every Catholic receives from his or her parish but they receive the additional benefit of being guided in how to develop a spiritual life that s stronger and deeper as well as how to understand their faith better and put it into practice through the activities of Opus Del It s supplementary It s like many organizations in the Catholic Church that are available for people that want to know more about something that s Catholic they go out and they join an organization that has to do with that so that they can pursue that Well we re one more part of the Catholic Church in that regard Another organization that helps people get to where they want to be in their spiritual life and in their outreach their evangelization 3 How did St Josemaria name Opus Dei Fr Barrett He recounts how he got the name is that he was one day talking with his confessor who was a man that he always spoke to about these things that were going on in his soul to make sure that they really were from God and not just his own imaginings And one day when he was talking to the confessor a priest the man asked him he said how s that work of God coming along that you re doing And you know because it s the work of God in a very general sense and he thought gee that s what it is because up until then he almost did not even want to put a name on it because it was something that was so grass roots and so much a part of the Catholic faith that it was to name it was almost to separate it from what it meant to be in the universal sense But when the man said now is that work of God going He thought I like that Opus Dei operatio Dei the two ways of talking about work of God in Latin and then he settled on Opus Dei the Work of God His definition the one that strikes me the most is he used to say it s a grand catechesis Catechesis is a word in the Catholic Church that means teaching teaching the faith teaching the meaning of the faith and he used to see Opus Dei as a grand catechesis that the members of Opus Dei would go out and by their lives and by their words teach the faith to the people around them without doing anything strange or special but just being who they are in the middle of the world So it s a grand catechesis He used to talk about it as being a mobilization of Christians moving into all of the corners of society 4 What are the different ways of being a member of Opus Dei Fr Barrett The basic distinction of the members of Opus Dei is their availability and that is some are celibate and so they are fully available for the activities of Opus Dei and most are married so their first responsibility is to their own family and their own their own lives The members who remain celibate are called numeraries Associates are celibate members of Opus Dei who unlike numeraries usually live outside of a center of Opus Dei They are also as completely available as they can be to the activities to opus Dei though they may have obligations toward family that doesn t allow them to be entirely available as a numeraries but they are celibate members The supernumeraries actually in Opus Dei epitomize what the spirit of Opus Dei is all about because they re out there in the middle of the world doing everything like every other Catholic is doing The celibate members are completely in the middle of the world yet they have made themselves more available to help the organization to support the supernumeraries in their prayer life in learning about the faith learning the spirit of Opus Dei learning about their Catholic faith So those are the two basic distinctions Numerary assistants are women members of Opus Dei who are celibate they are numeraries but they are dedicated primarily to the tasks of hospitality in taking care of the centers of Opus Dei and the other programs and activities where it s required to have people who are experts who have been educated received their degrees in hospitality hotel management and they take care of all of that aspect of the development of the activities of Opus Dei There are about 2 000 priests in Opus Dei That is to say these are men who were ordained specifically for Opus Dei just like a priest is ordained for a particular diocese priests are ordained for Opus Dei In addition to the priests who are members of Opus Dei and who serve the other members of Opus Dei around the world there are also diocesan priests who can discover that they have a vocation as well to pursue this way of life as a member of Opus Dei Because they are priests they don t join as lay people do but there is an organization called the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross which is inseparably united to the prelature of Opus Dei it s part of the organization but it s exclusively for priests The members of that organization are the priests who are in the prelature of Opus Dei and other diocesan priests who join remaining in their own dioceses under their own Bishop not changing anything of their situation within the church but they come to Opus Dei to the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross in order to receive the same benefits as the lay people A cooperator is a person who is not a member of Opus Dei has not received a vocation to be in Opus Dei but who is very interested in what Opus Dei is doing and agrees to pray for the activities of Opus Dei and to support them either financially or with their time their work somehow to help materially the activities A person becomes a cooperator by asking if they can and they are appointed a cooperator and they agree then to undertake these responsibilities in return for that Of course the people in Opus Dei pray for the people who are cooperators and the church grants cooperators particular graces for the work that they re doing in collaborating with Opus Dei Anybody can be a cooperator You don t have to be Catholic you don t have to even be Christian you could be Jewish you could be Muslim you could be Buddhist you could be atheist Now in the cases of people who don t believe in God they re not going to pray for Opus Dei obviously which is one of the things a cooperator ordinarily does but they are in spirit supporting Opus Del as well as materially 5 How does one become a member of Opus Dei Fr Barrett a person becomes a member of Opus Dei because they ve been in contact with activities of Opus Dei members of Opus Dei for some time they ve attended different things they are growing in the understanding of the spirit of Opus Dei and then at a certain moment they feel God is calling them to this way of life and I ve often said to people who are wondering should I be in Opus Dei or not Am I being called to this or not That when the time comes you ll know it clear as a bell for sure and invariably that s the case Now everybody has his own story but it s a very clear moment when the person senses God wants me to live this way of life and to join Opus Del And at that point they write a letter and ask to join Once they ve begun the process of joining Opus Dei there are a number of months go by where they learn more about what Opus Dei is all about They are given talks a series of talks that help them to make sure they know everything about Opus Dei there is to know because they re coming into this organization At the end of six months and receiving all of these talks spending more time in spiritual direction with the priests of Opus Dei really getting to grow in their spiritual life learning more about how to pray they ask if they want to continue if they really feel still that this is what God is calling them to At that point they become members of Opus Dei 6 What does Opus Dei provide for its members Fr Barrett What Opus Dei gives is the means for the person to be who the person wants to be in terms of being close to God being integrated with faith and work and social life and so Opus Dei provides the coaching and it does so in a Catholic context because the doctrine that s being given the moral teachings are all Catholic teachings The average person doesn t really have time to pursue those things all by himself to go off to a library and learn these things or to study them So Opus Dei is just providing a wonderful context where they can come and receive these teachings and it helps them then to live their lives as Catholics in the middle of the world being very clearly Catholic and at the same time very much a professional in whatever field that they re doing And so Opus Dei provides it through the activities of talks classes retreats workshops all kinds of ways that members of Opus Dei are receiving the doctrine the teachings of the church but also learning how to pray And the people learn how to pray both in these kinds of talks and activities but also one on one The only way you learn something really is somebody has to take you by the hand and show you how to do it and in Opus Dei we do that We re taking people by the hand and teaching them how to pray Mostly it s lay people with lay people It s the lay person who is a little bit older you might say more experienced big brother big sister taking the other person along and saying here s how you get your prayer life going You have to spend a certain amount of time every day in mental prayer if you really want to get close to Jesus and get to know him meditating on his life meditating on the things he said he did You have to also get to Mass to be able to have the Eucharist as a strengthening force in your life to be able to maintain this love of God that s then going to spread out to the love of neighbor Somebody has to explain this to you and show you step by step that it s good to pray the rosary to pray it every day because to be close to our Lady is a crucial way of being close to our Lord Somebody has to show you to make an examination of conscience at the end of the day to stop and spend a few minutes and think how did my day go Did I do what I was supposed to Did I really pray today What are the things I did that I regret doing that I have to ask God s pardon next time I go to the sacrament of reconciliation which again somebody has to help you learn how to make a good confession How to take advantage of the sacrament of reconciliation So these things come through the talks and the general activities but they also come through personal spiritual direction of a friend to a friend a brother to a brother a sister to a sister that is complemented with the priests of Opus Dei also providing spiritual direction In Opus Dei a member receives spiritual direction from both the lay person and the priest in his or her effort to grow in holiness to establish a firm base of prayer life we call it the plan of life and the plan is the plan of prayer life of what do we do on a daily basis no matter what in order to keep up our prayer life and then the rest of our life fits in around that plan of prayerfulness of contemplation 7 What are the norms that Opus Dei members try to live Fr Barrett Specifically what we mean by the norms are a member of Opus Dei does a half hour of mental prayer in the morning a half hour of mental prayer in the evening A member goes to Mass every day prays the rosary every day every day finds time to do about fifteen minutes of spiritual reading which includes a few minutes of reading scripture as well as some spiritual book every day making an examination of conscience at the end of the day for two or three minutes every day trying to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament Apart from going to Mass members of Opus Dei will try to stop by a church on their way to work or on their way home somewhere along the line and pray for a few minutes in front of the Blessed Sacrament Once a week the person tries to get to the sacrament of reconciliation Every month the person in Opus Dei will make an evening of recollection which is a mini retreat that lasts about two hours it s just a time to be quiet and pray and get to confession and think about things and then once a year to make a retreat as well as once a year to make a workshop that last several days which is a kind of an opportunity for the members of Opus Dei to come together live fraternity pray together and renew their knowledge of the teachings of the church in a formal way through classes that are structured very much like a university or a college And so those are the norms that s the plan of life That s sort of the backbone upon which then the rest of the person s life rests and is built 8 Why does Opus Dei stress personal prayer Fr Barrett Prayer is conversation with God about the things that are important to us because God is our father So whatever is going on in our lives is of interest to him We may think that a lot of the things fall outside of God s interest because they have to do with work or chores or tasks that we re undertaking or contradictions that have nothing to do with the spiritual life God is interested in everything He wants to hear about everything in our lives And so prayer is conversation with him about what we re wrestling with what we re dealing with We try and put it in the context of understanding God s position trying to see the things through the eyes of God how do we do that By getting to know God better By getting to know the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit in our prayer principally through the Son When we know Jesus and we can know him because we can read his life we can meditate on the scriptures we can see what he did what he said what he spoke about and we can try and get into his heart and understand who he is because that reveals to us who we are And then when we know Jesus he brings us to the Father he brings us to the Holy Spirit and of course even the Holy Spirit is there helping us to know Jesus prompting our hearts to want to know God better So prayer is that conversation about almost anything you can think of It doesn t have to be formal and throughout the day there can be countless little prayers where we turn to God we ask for his help we ask for his guidance we just share with him our feelings in that particular moment whether they re exhilaration feelings of exhilaration or feelings of discouragement because of what we re going through but God is our Father God is our friend he s there all the time we want to deal with him all the time as we would any good friend who s in our life we keep in touch There s formal prayer and that s why things like the rosary or even attending Mass are more formal because they follow a form they follow a pattern that s set and established vocal prayers that we learn when we were children that we repeat the Hail Mary the Our Father the Glory Be to the Father but that s one part of prayer and the other part is this this more intimate personal kind of dialogue with our Lord and it s not something that s magical it s not something that s spectacular but it s clear that God at times when we give him the chance to speak to us does speak to us If we can be quiet if we can go into a place where we can be alone with our Lord and give him a chance to talk to us he will Sometimes we may think that those inspirations are just our own ruminations that we come up with some pretty good ideas because we took the time to sit and think But I think honestly we often recognize that was

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  • 14 February 1930-2010 - Opus Dei
    the army barracks in the university chair in the factory in the workshop in the fields in the home and in all the immense panorama of work Saint Josemaría Home Contact Search home About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close About Opus Dei Videos about Opus Dei 14 February 1930 2010 In this video several women speak about their vocation to Opus Dei the call by God that gives new meaning to the events of each day 5 13 Videos about Opus Dei Feb 12 2011 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle 14fbuenaintro jpg Featured Novena for Forgiveness Letter from the Prelate for Jubilee of Mercy Free eBook to Prepare for the Year of Mercy Blessed are the

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  • Opening of Cause of Canonizaton for the Alviras - Opus Dei
    heroism of finishing properly the tasks committed to us day after day even though they are the same tasks Saint Josemaría Home Contact Search home About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close About Opus Dei Videos about Opus Dei Opening of Cause of Canonizaton for the Alviras In the presence of their eight living children Cardinal Rouco said that the Alviras are a twentieth century example of the need to proclaim and bear witness to the evangelization of the family Videos about Opus Dei March 10 2009 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle dibujo64 jpg Featured Novena for Forgiveness Letter from the Prelate for Jubilee of Mercy Free eBook to Prepare for the Year of Mercy Blessed are

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  • Opus Dei - Archive - Videos about Opus Dei
    The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close Archive Videos about Opus Dei All About Opus Dei The Prelate News Saint Josemaría Christian life Press room There are 51 results for Videos about Opus Dei play 14 February Women in Opus Dei In your surroundings in your workplace in your family in the place where you live and where you spend you free time be a Christian who is strong and pleasant to get along with A video of St Josemaría to celebrate February 14th the day on which the Founder understood that the Work was a path to holiness for all men and women Videos about Opus Dei 03 02 2015 play May 17 1992 Beatification of Josemaria Escriva On May 17 1992 John Paul II beatified Josemaria Escriva A 3 minute video with highlights from that day Videos about Opus Dei 05 13 2014 play What is Opus Dei October 2nd 2013 is the 85th anniversary of the founding of Opus Dei St Josemaria speaks about the aim of Opus Dei in this brief video With photo gallery of sites connected to the founding Videos about Opus Dei 09 30 2013 play The DVD Presented to Pope Francis In this documentary presented to Pope Francis by UNIV participants at the March 27 General Audience young people from Paris Barcelona Rome Chicago New York and Buenos Aires talk about how the message of Saint Josemaria helps them to live their faith in today s society With never before seen clips from the preaching of Saint Josemaria 27 min Videos about Opus Dei 04 29 2013 play Inspired to Love A video produced in Argentina about the message of Saint Josemaria and its impact on people all over the world Videos about Opus Dei 03 19 2013 play St Josemaria s impact on my life Florence Oloo works in Strathmore University in Kenya Strathmore began in 1961 under St Josemaria s personal impetus It was the first interracial educational institution in East Africa Videos about Opus Dei 04 10 2012 play St Josemaria s love for Cuba A video excerpt from a get together during World Youth Day in Madrid last August where the Prelate tells a young Cuban girl of how much St Josemaria loved her country Videos about Opus Dei 03 22 2012 play February 14th Help me to give thanks St Josemaria Escriva was overjoyed when a few months after the foundation of the Work on October 2 1928 God made him realize that Opus Dei was also for women Videos about Opus Dei 02 10 2012 play The driving force for the apostolic work During the recent World Youth Day in Madrid a young

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  • Opus Dei - Safe Environment
    русский Казахстан Русский Россия Українська Україна 中文 繁體 日本語 日本 简体中文 中国 Press room Contact facebook tweet youtube flickr rss Opus Dei Human life your life and its humdrum ordinary business have a meaning which is divine which belongs to eternity Saint Josemaría Home Contact Search home About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close About Opus Dei Opus Dei in the U S Safe Environment Safe Environment Following the directives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops the Prelature of Opus Dei in the United States has adopted a number of measures to insure the protection of children and young people Safe Environment 12 17 2008 links The Holy See Writings of the founder of Opus Dei

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  • Opus Dei - Send to a friend - Safe Environment
    Suomi Suomi Svenska Sverige Việt ngữ Việt Nam العربي لبنان עברית ישראל русский Казахстан Русский Россия Українська Україна 中文 繁體 日本語 日本 简体中文 中国 Press room Contact facebook tweet youtube flickr rss Opus Dei Your work must become a personal prayer must become a real conversation with Our Father in heaven Saint Josemaría Home Contact Search home About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close Send to a friend Safe Environment http opusdei us en us article safe environment YOUR DATA This helps us prevent automatic programs form sending unwanted e mails Privacy policy and cookies links The Holy See Writings of the founder of Opus Dei Saint Josemaría website Blessed Alvaro del Portillo website Romana Bulletin of the

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  • Letter from the Prelate (September 2015) - Opus Dei
    the Holy Cross in our soul and body in our faculties and senses And let us do so without fear since being very close to the Cross being with Christ on the Cross as St Josemaría prayed fills us with peace and serenity although perhaps our first reaction is to complain a bit When that happens it is very good to remember that point from The Way Do you want it Lord Then I want it too 3 Let us strive to transmit this aspiration through our words and deeds loving sacrifice even when it crops up unexpectedly and actively seeking it out in the little things of each day In lætítia nulla dies sine cruce Lord we do not want a single day to go by without the Cross while keeping our joy and our peace Let us consider how we try to take this reality to heart When our ego rebels on seeing the need to deny ourselves do we carry out that thing joyfully Do we realize that this attitude which is necessary to serve others for God is a sure sign of true love Do we see that following Jesus requires us to overcome all manifestations of thinking too much about ourselves In order for the Work to come into the world the Holy Spirit led our Father as he wants to lead us along the path of mortification and penance Let us not create any areas in our lives that are off limits to these divine demands Let us ask for the grace to allow ourselves be conformed to Christ crucified the path for attaining true happiness Therefore I ask you and I ask myself do we love the Cross Do we seek it out in the circumstances of our daily path Do we foster supernatural joy when Jesus passes by our side and asks us for a small sacrifice and do we adapt ourselves to his suggestions for our life of piety our work and our fraternity It is important for us to apply these considerations not only to our personal conduct but also in the heart of our family life in the homes of the Associates and Supernumeraries in the places we usually find ourselves Living alongside other people offers us many opportunities to smooth over the rough corners of our temperament and our personality I am not referring to the small frictions that can sometimes arise inevitable when we live alongside others and that are fixed by asking for forgiveness Rather I am referring to the deeper wounds that can arise in the heart of families The Holy Father warns us of a danger that frequently underlies the deterioration in a family s atmosphere When these wounds which are still rectifiable are ignored they deepen they are transformed into impertinence hostility and contempt And at that point they can become deep wounds that divide husband and wife and induce them to find understanding support and consolation elsewhere But often these supports are

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  • Man, Woman, and Family - Opus Dei
    s eyes to reality I m not referring to her capacity for homemaking but to a set of moral qualities that cannot be summarized in a few words without risking simplification and falling short Mothers possess a wonderful ability to express love to make others happy loving each one as he is in a disinterested unconditional manner For me the family rests and is built upon that particular kind of wisdom and the intuition so proper to the woman In your view is there an incompatibility between a woman s work outside the home and her work in the home Patricia Mayorga in El Mercurio Santiago Chile 21 January 1996 There is no incompatibility but whenever there are two jobs to do there is undoubtedly a tension Every woman who is in that situation is aware of how she is pulled home to attend a sick child to keep up with the multitude of tasks a home generates not to speak of pregnancy and maternity Other times it is the outside job that pulls on her because the income is necessary for the family s advancement or because every enterprise demands results not always in a reasonable or flexible way or because of the need for professional competence and the threat of unemployment It is out of this double responsibility that tensions arise In order to resolve it different ways of organizing society and labor would be needed which today are disregarded I should add a consideration that might seem evasive but for me is not These days a lot is rightly said about not reducing women to domestic tasks about enabling those who want to work outside the home to do so But to complete this line of thought I think it necessary to add the man s obligation to be active in the home He too should feel the tension between his job at home and his outside work Only if he shares that experience with his wife and the two of them work it out together will the man be able to acquire that sensitivity which the family needs in our day And that requires clarity self denial and refinement on his part I said that this might seem evasive But let me ask this Which is the greater problem the tension that the woman suffers between her work inside and outside the home or the fact that she suffers this anxiety alone because men are shirking their family responsibilities What do you think should be the role of women in society Patricia Mayorga in El Mercurio Santiago Chile 21 January 1996 Women are called to play as significant a role in society and in the Church as men And I say are called because unfortunately the presence of women is still for the most part limited to the private sphere with minimal participation in tasks of public responsibility There are still few women active in the world of politics the economy and international relations and men

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