Born on the 10th of April 1914 and died on the 4th of January 2008, Emilio Benavent Escuín was a Spanish bishop of the Roman Catholic Church. Emilio Benavent was born in Valencia, Spain and studied Magisterium and Philosophy at the Central University of Madrid. One of his teachers there was the famous Spanish philosopher and essayist, José Ortega y Gasset. After the civil war (during which he joined Spain's national army), he continued his education at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (in the province of Santander) -- where he obtained his doctorate in theology.
On the 18th of July 1943, Emilio Benavent was ordained a priest. On the 6th of December 1954, he was appointed to titular bishop of Cercina, and auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Málaga. About two months later, on the 13th of February 1955, he was ordained a bishop. Exactly five years later (to the day) in 1960, Escuín was appointed coadjutor bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Málaga, and then bishop on the 7th of April in 1967. The following year, he was appointed to titular bishop of Tiburnia and coadjutor bishop of the Archdiocese of Granada.
Not long after that, Emilio Benavent succeeded as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Granada. He was also appointed as the bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Spain and the titular archbishop of Maximiana in Numidia. In October 1982, he resigned from the Military Ordinariate of Spain and on the 7th of March 1988, from the Maximiana in Numidia. After his resignation as vicar general, he lived in the province of Málaga and worked in St. Gabriel parish until his death on January 4, 2008. He was 93 years old when he passed away. He was a priest for more than 64 years, and a bishop for almost 53 years.