Date Set for Journalist's Beatification

And for Chaplain of Polish Solidarity

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 14, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican has confirmed dates for seven upcoming beatifications, including that of Manuel “Lolo” Lozano Garrido, a Spanish journalist hailed as a layperson’s example of sanctity.

Lozano Garrido (1920-1971) will be beatified in his hometown of Linares, Spain, on June 12.

Lolo wrote for various media, including the daily “Ya” and the Associated Press.  In 1942 he began to suffer from spondylitis, which left him an invalid and blind. He eventually founded Sinai, a magazine for sick people. He also authored nine books, which he dictated to his sister and his friends.

Also on the list to be beatified is the chaplain of the Polish Solidarity movement, Father Jerzy Popieluszko (1947-1984). The 37-year-old priest was assassinated by Communist secret service agents. He will be beatified June 6 in Warsaw, Poland.

The other five beatifications will take place this month and next, two in Spain, and three in Italy.

Jesuit Father Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos will be beatified April 18 in Valladolid, Spain.

Carmelite Father Angelo Paoli will be beatified April 25 in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

Capuchin Friar José Tous y Soler, founder of the Institute of the Capuchin sisters of the Mother of the Divine Shepherd, will be beatified April 25 in Barcelona, Spain.

Franciscan Teresa Manganiello, inspirer of the Congregation of the Franciscan Immaculatine Sisters, will be beatified May 22 in Benevento, Italy.

Finally, Sister Maria Pierina De Micheli of the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception in Buenos Aires will be beatified May 30 in Rome.

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