Francis Cardinal Arinze Francis Cardinal Arinze
Function:
Prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Roman Curia
Title:
Cardinal Priest of S Giovanni della Pigna
Birthdate:
Nov 01, 1932
Country:
Nigeria
Elevated:
May 25, 1985
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English Francis Cardinal Arinze Has Family’s Support
Apr 19, 2005
A pro-basketball star and his U.S. college-professor dad are rooting for Francis Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria to become the next pope — after all, he's family.

(New York Post, April 18, 2005) Ifeanyi Arinze, a biochemistry teacher at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., is Arinze's younger brother, and Ifeanyi's son, Niki, is a top hoopster for the London Towers in England.

"Me and my dad call him 'The Cardinal' — it's kind of in a jokey way most of the time, but that title also carries a lot of respect, and we have to show that, too," said Niki, a 25-year-old former Wake Forest University star.

"It's just something we've lived with for years now — that my uncle is the cardinal for Nigeria and may be the next pope."

But the young man said his uncle is not a big hoops fan.

"He's not really into sports. And if he was, then it would probably be soccer . . . That's huge in Nigeria," Niki said.

He described the 72-year-old cardinal as "a very caring and loving guy [who is] always interested in other people."

And he said that despite his uncle's busy schedule, the cardinal has always managed to keep in touch with his American relations and to follow Niki's basketball career.
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