Francis Arinze

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His Eminence Francis Arinze
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
SeeVelletri-Segni
Appointed1 October 2002
Reign ended9 December 2008
PredecessorJorge Arturo Augustin Medina Estévez
SuccessorAntonio Cañizares Llovera
Other postsCardinal-Bishop of Velletri-Segni
Orders
Ordination23 November 1958
Consecration29 August 1965
by Charles Heerey
Created Cardinal25 May 1985
RankCardinal-Bishop
Personal details
Born (1932-11-01) 1 November 1932 (age 86)
Onitsha, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian, Vatican City
DenominationRoman Catholic
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Motto
  • Regnum Christi floreat
  • (May the Kingdom of Christ flourish)
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Francis Arinze (born 1 November 1932) is a Nigerian[1] Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, having served as prefect from 2002 to 2008.

He is the Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni (succeeding Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI) since 2005. Arinze was one of the principal advisors to Pope John Paul II, and was thought papabile before the 2005 papal conclave, which elected Benedict XVI.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Loyn, David (18 April 2005). "Profile: Cardinal Francis Arinze". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  2. Carroll, Rory. 3 October 2003. "The Guardian Profile: Cardinal Francis Arinze." The Guardian.