Miracle Approved for "Lolo"

Cause for Beatification of Spanish Journalist Continues

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VATICAN CITY, FEB. 20, 2008 (Zenit.org).- A writer who was blind and long confined to a wheelchair, extolled as a model for journalists, has had a cure considered miraculous attributed to his intercession.



Manuel Lozano Garrido, better known as "Lolo," was declared venerable last December when Benedict XVI approved a decree recognizing his heroic virtue.

Last Friday, a commission of theologians appointed by the Congregation for Saints' Causes to study a scientifically inexplicable cure attributed to the journalist voted unanimously for its approval. A meeting of cardinals and bishops will be called in the next few weeks for the continued progress of the beatification cause.

On Jan. 17, a medical commission recognized as "scientifically inexplicable" the cure. The healing involved Rogelio de Haro Sagra who was cured of multiple organ failure from Gram-negative sepsis in 1972, when he was two years old.

Lozano Garrido was born in Linares, Spain, in 1920. He worked for various newspapers, the Associated Press and other outlets.

During his adolescence, Garrido carried the Eucharist clandestinely during the Spanish Civil War. His devotion to the Eucharist became intense when he spent the whole of Holy Thursday night in prison adoring the sacramental Lord, which was given to him hidden in a bunch of flowers.

In 1942 he contracted spondylitis, which deformed his body and left him an invalid. He was totally blind for the last 10 years of his life. Despite his handicap, he dictated nine books to his sister Lucy and to his friends, and founded Sinai, a magazine for the sick.

Lozano was a member of Catholic Action, and worked for numerous Spanish Catholic periodicals. In 1969 he won the prestigious Bravo journalism award.