members of Opus Dei gathered to celebrate the publication of a new
edition St. Josemaria Escriva's book at a reception in New York on
Tuesday, reported Reuters. The release was timed to coincide with the
film's May 18th release.
also happens to be Brown's publisher, has set a first print run of
10,000 for the North American market, reported Reuters.
Opus Dei was
founded in 1928 in Spain by Fr. Josemaria Escriva to teach Catholics to
strive for holiness through work. It has 85,000 members worldwide, of
which 2,000 are priests. St. Escriva was canonized in 2002. “The Way”
has was first published in Spain in 1939. It has since been printed in
46 languages, with 4.6 million copies in print.
part of its communications blitz to counter the negative image of Opus
Dei in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”, Opus Dei has authorized the
reprinting of their founder’s most well-known book, "The Way.”