Cardinal armed with 2 GB memory stick

A trained theologian and self-taught computer whiz, Mexican Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan now spends most of his time dealing with very technical medical questions.

The 73-year-old cardinal heads the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, which encourages the work of hospital chaplains, but goes well beyond strictly pastoral concerns.

"We must provide guidance on the various problems that face the world of health care today, from specific illnesses to technological discoveries, from political decisions to medical practice," Cardinal Lozano told Catholic News Service.

Pulling what he described as a "2-gigabyte memory stick" from his breast pocket, plugging it into his computer and calling up current statistics, Cardinal Lozano said the more than 109,000 Catholic hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres, convalescent centres and other health-related institutions around the world are a concrete sign of the church's love for all men and women.

Cardinal Lozano visited Australia last month for the World Day of the Sick in Adelaide.

Computer-whiz cardinal answers medical questions as Vatican official (Catholic News Service 1/3/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care
World Day of the Sick

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3 Mar 2006