Carmelo Sastre Sastre (I admit to selecting him because I enjoy names that repeat, like Sirhan Sirhan and Boutros Boutros Ghali)... start again.
Carmelo Sastre Sastre was a humble parish priest with a demonstrable desire to give everything he had to serve the poor. He started out with a literacy campaign, thinking that education was the best way to serve the neediest folks. He taught people in his home, then the most proficient students became instructors, and through 1920s, his literacy campaign spread. He arranged trips for his own young students, making school fun enough that they wanted to stay involved.
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But in the 1930s, Spain was caught between the anvil of conservative orthodoxy (the Fascist Franco) and the hammer of anti-religious, Marxist modernity (the Republicans). It won't do to pretend that the Republicans were on the side of right and justice, not even by recalling that Volunteer units from the USA named themselves after Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Not when you read what the folks of sleepy little Piles did in their revolutionary zeal.
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It should be noted that Father Carmelo could see it coming. Revolutionary fervor was rising, and he could have fled to some Falangist (pro-Franco) stronghold and been sheltered by fascism. But like so many other priests in 1930s Europe, he stuck where he had been planted and continued to shine his little light until the forces of darkness (whether right-wing or left-wing) came to extinguish it.