June 12, 2010
Journalist and author, the Spaniard Manuel Lozano Garrido becomes the first blessed journalist in history. 'Lolo', as his friends called him, wrote hundreds of articles and books despite his paralysis from 22 years of age until 51.
Fr. Rafael Higueras
“He really was a hero who overcame each difficulty. He could not write with his right hand, he wrote with the left. My pencil falls, let them attach it to me. I cannot write with neither of my hands, I'll use a tape recorder.”
Arch. Claudio Maria Celli
President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
“At the university of life, as he said, the professor is a man who lives in suffering and lives it in a happy manner because he has known Jesus Christ.”
Director Zenit Agency
“He was a journalist in a wheelchair, a journalist who put the typewriter near the Eucharist, in the altar that the bishop allowed him to put in his house so he could go to Mass. And he put that typewriter in front of the Eucharist, like he said, so that from those keys a vision of Christ would become reality.”
In 1936, he was 16 years old, with seven brothers and without a father, when the Spanish Civil War started. At that moment he became the person in his town who secretly distributed communion.
Six years later he joined the army and every morning escaped to attend Mass. In the barracks he formed 12 groups of Catholic Action. He was a member of the group since age 10. But soon he got sick and left. One year later, in 1943, he was completely paralyzed.
“The process of getting him to bed took a long hour and another long hour to wake him up and he was constantly in pain. Without fail he spoke about anything that was happenings at that moment, of the road maintenance, soccer games, of anything, as if nothing bothered him.”
Juan Javier Flores
Friend of Manuel Lozano Garrido “Lolo”
“I remember how we intensely lived the Eucharist with him and that moment of thanks in which the world stopped. All of us stopped and I still remember that profound silence.”
In 1956 he founded an association “Sinai”, in which a convent of nuns and 12 patients promised to pray for a newspaper.
Two years later, in 1958, he traveled to Lourdes with his sister, a moment that made a significant impact on his life. Between the 60s and 70s he continued his work as a writer, even though in the last years he was blind.
In 1971 he died. His sister and the priest Rafael Hilgueras were at his side, and they fulfilled his last wish: celebrate Mass at the very moment of his death.