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First lay journalist beatified in Spain

First lay journalist beatified in Spain

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From Zenit.org. ROME - Being a good journalist is easy; being a Christian one is heroic, according to the postulator of the beatification cause of the first lay journalist to be raised to the altars.

Manuel Lozano Garrido, better known as "Lolo," was beatified Saturday (July 10, 2010) in his home town of Linares, Spain.

The president of the Vatican's social communications council described the journalist as "passionate for truth." Archbishop Claudio Celli said this Tuesday at a press conference regarding Lolo's beatification.

It was at that press conference that Father Rafael Higueras, postulator of his cause, contended that "to be a good journalist is easy, but to be a Christian journalist is heroic."

The beatification ceremony was presided over by Benedict XVI's representative, Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes.

Archbishop Celli pointed out how Lolo always linked "the news and the Good News of the Gospel; he saw Jesus as the paradigm of communication."

The roots of his journalistic work were in the Eucharist and in his love for the Virgin Mary, the Vatican official added.

Biography

Lolo was born in Linares, Spain, on Aug. 9, 1920, and died in the same city on Nov. 3, 1971. He joined Catholic Action as an adolescent and, during the Spanish Civil War, secretly brought Communion to prisoners until he himself was arrested.

As a journalist, Lolo wrote for the daily "Ya," the reviews "Telva" and "Vida Nueva" and the Associated Press. In 1942, at only age 22, he began to suffer from spondylitis, which deformed his body and left him an invalid. In 1962 the journalist lost his sight. Despite the illness, he received professional recognitions, such as the prestigious Bravo journalism award.

Lolo founded Sinai, a magazine for sick people. He also authored nine books, which he dictated to his sister Lucía and his friends.

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