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Mexican Cardinal, Javier Lozano Barragan, turns 80

CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGíN

(April 21, 2005) "He looked like a little skeleton. He was only skin and bones. His cheek was visible affected from the disease. He was there with his mother and I was there as well. When the Pope's plane landed in Zacatecas, John Paul II saw the boy, grabbed him and kissed him. After that kiss, eventually the boy was cured.�

In 1997, the Pope asked him to lead the Vatican's department that's responsible for the pastoral care of the sick. 

CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGíN

(January 12, 2007) "I really don't know how that happened, but he appointed me as the new president of this ministry or health department. I was surprised because at that point, I had mostly focused on theology, culture, catechesis and political dialogue on Latin America.�

Under his new role, he launched the 'Good Samaritan' Foundation which buys medication to care for AIDS patients in poor countries. Part of his responsibility was to make sure donations were used precisely for that purpose. 

CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGíN

(January 12, 2007) "This foundation is like a bridge. We promote the foundation by saying, please help these AIDS patients. So donors send us money and we make sure we buy enough medicine for these patients. Right now the number of people who die from AIDS on a daily basis is about 8,000. No one helps them.�

Then in March 2012, he accompanied Benedict XVI when he visited Mexico and Cuba. Here in Rome, things are not that different. He's often seen on the front row, smiling during Papal ceremonies. 

At the age of 80, cardinals lose the right to vote in an eventual conclave. So after his birthday, the number of cardinal electors will stand at 118. 

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