Josep Antoni Comes Ballester
August 19, 2022
Josep Antoni Comes Ballester (Pedreguer, 1930 - Alaquàs, 3 August 2022) was a Valencian priest, journalist and editor, founder and first director of the magazine Saó. Religious and progressive, he promoted the Valencianization of the Catholic Church. On November 21, 1975, the day after the death of Francisco Franco, he organized the first editorial team at the Convent of Sant Doménec in Valencia in order to found the magazine Saó. The first issue appeared on sale almost a year later, in July 1976, with the aim of confronting the reactionary and conservative politics of the Catholic Church. He was chaplain for many years of the Church of the Mother de Déu de l'Olivar d'Alaquàs, located in the region of Horta Sud, where he spent his last years. Together with his sister Clementina, they made important donations to their native town. He died on August 3, 2022, at the age of ninety-two. The funeral was scheduled for 12 o'clock on August 4 in the parish of Our Lady of Olivar and, subsequently, his burial in his native town of Pedreguer.