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opus -- (Latin)
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The Da Vinci Code
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  • Opus Dei has just completed construction of a $47 million World Headquarters at 243 Lexington Avenue in New York City.
  • Murray Hill Place—the new Opus Dei World Headquarters and conference center—is located at 243 Lexington Avenue in New York City.
  • As president-general of Opus Dei, Bishop Aringarosa had spent the last decade of his life spreading the message of "God’s Work"—literally, Opus Dei.
  • As president-general of Opus Dei, Bishop Aringarosa had spent the last decade of his life spreading the message of "God’s Work"—literally, Opus Dei.
  • Now, with over four million copies of The Way in circulation in forty-two languages, Opus Dei was a global force.
  • Opus Dei was the fastest-growing and most financially secure Catholic organization in the world.
  • "Many call Opus Dei a brainwashing cult," reporters often challenged.
  • "Opus Dei is neither," the bishop would patiently reply.
  • "You are describing only a small portion of the Opus Dei population," Aringarosa said.
  • Thousands of Opus Dei members are married, have families, and do God’s Work in their own communities.
  • These choices are personal, but everyone in Opus Dei shares the goal of bettering the world by doing the Work of God.
  • In Boston not long ago, a disillusioned young investment banker had signed over his entire life savings to Opus Dei before attempting suicide.
  • Sadly, all of these events had helped spawn the new watch group known as the Opus Dei Awareness Network (ODAN).
  • org—relayed frightening stories from former Opus Dei members who warned of the dangers of joining.
  • The media was now referring to Opus Dei as "God’s Mafia" and "the Cult of Christ."
  • We fear what we do not understand, Aringarosa thought, wondering if these critics had any idea how many lives Opus Dei had enriched.
  • Opus Dei is a personal prelature of the Pope himself.
  • Sister Sandrine could not help but feel that Opus Dei’s good standing in Rome was suspect, but one did not argue with the Holy See.
  • I’m sorry, you say this visiting Opus Dei numerary cannot wait until morning?
  • Opus Dei had always made her uneasy.
  • How powerful that will make Opus Dei.
  • His thoughts were with the future of Opus Dei.
  • He knew he had sacrificed much to follow Opus Dei, but he had received much more in return.
  • The mysterious Opus Dei monk had come to SaintSulpice for another purpose.
  • The rituals of Opus Dei, Sister Sandrine knew, were not something she would ever understand.
  • Opus Dei is searching for the keystone.
  • I cannot see that message in Opus Dei.
  • Sadly, while most of the Catholic Church was gradually moving in the right direction with respect to women’s rights, Opus Dei threatened to reverse the progress.
  • The head of Opus Dei?
  • Unfortunately, Aringarosa had learned, in an age of religious cynicism, cults, and televangelists, Opus Dei’s escalating wealth and power was a magnet for suspicion.
  • Recently, however, Opus Dei had found itself threatened by a force infinitely more powerful than the media… an unexpected foe from which Aringarosa could not possibly hide.
  • The media always gravitated toward scandal, and Opus Dei, like most large organizations, had within its membership a few misguided souls who cast a shadow over the entire group.
  • The Vatican prelature known as Opus Dei is a deeply devout Catholic sect that has been the topic of recent controversy due to reports of brainwashing, coercion, and a dangerous practice known as "corporal mortification."
  • His broad back still ached from the corporal mortification he had endured earlier today, and yet the pain was inconsequential compared with the anguish of his life before Opus Dei had saved him.
  • In a second maneuver that raised eyebrows, the Pope placed the founder of Opus Dei on the "fast track" for sainthood, accelerating an often century-long waiting period for canonization to a mere twenty years.
  • Two months ago, an Opus Dei group at a midwestern university had been caught drugging new recruits with mescaline in an effort to induce a euphoric state that neophytes would perceive as a religious experience.
  • The mysterious summons, Aringarosa suspected, was probably a photo opportunity for the Pope and other Vatican officials to piggyback on Opus Dei’s recent public success—the completion of their World Headquarters in New York City.
  • Architectural Digest had called Opus Dei’s building "a shining beacon of Catholicism sublimely integrated with the modern landscape," and lately the Vatican seemed to be drawn to anything and everything that included the word "modern."
  • She scorned the work of Opus Dei! A crime of impulse, the woman’s death complicated matters greatly.
  • Silas had planned to hide within Opus Dei when his task here was complete.
  • Silas could imagine no more blissful existence than a life of meditation and prayer deep within the walls of Opus Dei’s headquarters in New York City.
  • Opus Dei is a personal prelature of Vatican City, and His Holiness can disperse monies however he sees fit.
  • "Opus Dei," Langdon whispered, recalling recent media coverage of several prominent Boston businessmen who were members of Opus Dei.
  • "Opus Dei," Langdon whispered, recalling recent media coverage of several prominent Boston businessmen who were members of Opus Dei.
  • Like many members of Opus Dei, these businessmen were at the "supernumerary" stage and practiced no corporal mortification at all.
  • But why would Opus Dei be trying to find the Holy Grail?
  • I’m not surprised the police found you, but I am surprised that this Opus Dei character found you.
  • "You belong to Opus Dei," the man said.
  • Why does Opus Dei want the keystone?
  • Opus Dei came within inches tonight of possessing it.
  • Despite Aringarosa’s concern at having missed the call, he felt encouraged that the Teacher felt confident enough to call Opus Dei headquarters directly.
  • Suspiciously, Opus Dei’s elevation occurred the same year the wealthy sect allegedly had transferred almost one billion dollars into the Vatican’s Institute for Religious Works—commonly known as the Vatican Bank—bailing it out of an embarrassing bankruptcy.
  • The male receptionist in the lobby of the Opus Dei headquarters on Lexington Avenue in New York City was surprised to hear Bishop Aringarosa’s voice on the line.
  • Aringarosa had been using all of his political sway—substantial considering the size of the Opus Dei constituency and their bankroll—to persuade the Pope and his advisers that softening the Church’s laws was not only faithless and cowardly, but political suicide.
  • Of course the ultimate embarrassment had been the widely publicized trial of FBI spy Robert Hanssen, who, in addition to being a prominent member of Opus Dei, had turned out to be a sexual deviant, his trial uncovering evidence that he had rigged hidden video cameras in his own bedroom so his friends could watch him having sex with his wife.
  • Opus Dei has a residence in London, no?
  • Take Silas to the Opus Dei residence hall and drop him off a few streets away.
  • London’s Opus Dei Centre is a modest brick building at 5 Orme Court, overlooking the North Walk at Kensington Gardens.
  • Now, as Silas approached the Opus Dei building, the rain began to fall harder, soaking his heavy robe, stinging the wounds of the day before.
  • I am an Opus Dei numerary.
  • The Opus Dei numerary who had welcomed Silas answered the line.
  • The Opus Dei Centre in London.
  • Every Opus Dei building has one.
  • And later, to New York City, where he had proclaimed the glory of God with the towering Opus Dei Center on Lexington Avenue.
  • Two days ago, the Secretariat Council voted unanimously to revoke the Vatican’s sanction of Opus Dei.
  • Plainly stated, six months from today, Opus Dei will no longer be considered a prelature of the Vatican.
  • Quite frankly, Opus Dei has become a liability and an embarrassment.
  • Opus Dei is the only Catholic organization whose numbers are growing!
  • Ask His Holiness if Opus Dei was an embarrassment in 1982 when we helped the Vatican Bank!
  • When Opus Dei is the only remaining voice of reason!
  • Well, they seem to be working for Opus Dei!
  • He said he knew of the Vatican’s plans to pull support from Opus Dei.
  • He had hoped only a handful of Vatican power brokers knew of Opus Dei’s impending annulment.
  • He had exploited both the Vatican and Opus Dei, two groups that turned out to be completely innocent.
  • Teabing had caught wind of the Vatican’s plans to disassociate itself from Opus Dei.
  • Not just for Opus Dei.
  • Out of respect for your organization’s relationship with the previous Pope, His Holiness will be giving Opus Dei six months to voluntarily break away from the Vatican.
  • With the soundproof divider raised, Teabing was able to phone Silas in the front seat, use the fake French accent of the Teacher, and direct Silas to go straight to Opus Dei.
  • "As you are well aware," the secretariat said, "His Holiness and others in Rome have been concerned lately with the political fallout from Opus Dei’s more controversial practices."
  • The price tag of twenty million euro was paltry when compared with the prize of obtaining the Grail, and with the Vatican’s separation payment to Opus Dei, the finances had worked nicely.
  • Sitting up now on his straw mat, he listened to the quiet breathing of the Opus Dei residence hall, the stillness textured only by the soft murmurs of someone praying aloud in a room below him.
  • Now, eyeing the bewildered Langdon and Neveu, Teabing resisted the urge to reveal how he had brilliantly implicated Opus Dei in the plot that would soon bring about the demise of the entire Church.
  • So far, the evidence they had uncovered was unhelpful: a single bullet buried in the floor; a paper with several symbols scrawled on it along with the words blade and chalice; and a bloody spiked belt that PTS had told Collet was associated with the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei, which had caused a stir recently when a news program exposed their aggressive recruiting practices in Paris.
  • Opus Dei’s traditionalist philosophy initially had taken root in Spain before Franco’s regime, but with the 1934 publication of Josemaría Escrivá’s spiritual book The Way—999 points of meditation for doing God’s Work in one’s own life—Escrivá’s message exploded across the world.

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  • Beethoven did not assign an opus number to lesser works — even some of those he published.
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus was a wonderful film.

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