Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, Archbishpo-Bishop emeritus of Zacatecas, was born on January 26, 1933 in Toluca, Mexico. He was ordained a priest on October 30, 1955 and holds a doctorate in dogmatic theology.
Cardinal Lozano Barragán taught dogmatic theology and the history of philosophy at the Diocesan Seminary of Zamora. He was President of the Mexican Theological Society and Director of the Theological Pastoral Institute of the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM).
On June 5, 1979 he was elected titular Bishop of Thinisa in Numidia and was ordained August 15, 1979. From 1979-1984 he carried out his episcopal service in the Archdiocese of Mexico.
On October 28, 1984 he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Zacatecas.
He participated in many Synods of Bishops, and he was special secretary for the Synod on the family in 1980.
He served as President of the Department for Education and of the Economy Department in CELAM.
On August 20, 1996 he was nominated President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care (for Pastoral Assistance to Health-Care Workers), and on January 7, 1997 nominated Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Zacatecas.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of October 21, 2003, of the Deaconry of S. Michele Arcangelo (St. Michael the Archangel).
- Congregations: for Bishops, for the Evangelization of Peoples, for Causes of Saints;
- Pontifical Commision for Latin America;
- Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.