Francis Cardinal Arinze Francis Cardinal Arinze
Prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Roman Curia
Cardinal Priest of S Giovanni della Pigna
Nov 01, 1932
May 25, 1985
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English Catholic Church in Need of Personnel, Says Cardinal Arinze
Jan 27, 2006
The Catholic Church in Chad, which just celebrated its first National Eucharistic Congress, is in great need of workers, says Cardinal Francis Arinze.

Catholic Information Service for Africa (Nairobi, January 20, 2006) The Nigerian-born prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments offered that assessment following his recent visit to the country to preside over the congress as the pope's envoy. He spoke with Vatican Radio.

The Church in Chad "is in great need," said Cardinal Arinze, 73. "It does not have, for example, enough priests or men and women religious. It needs and receives missionaries."

The country's eight dioceses, one an apostolic prefecture, are headed by seven prelates: three from Chad, two Italian, one a Spaniard and a Canadian. Added to these is a French priest, the prefect of Mongo.

But it is a joyful church. The communities live the Eucharist "together, sharing life, the joys of life and of being an ensemble as church, "said Arinze.

He said he found a serene people, even in their poverty. "I was very impressed by their sense of peace, their desire to share, their personal discipline," he said. "I did not see a police presence; they are a very disciplined people."

The church was established 75 years ago. Its first priest was ordained 35 years ago. The population of Chad is 9.8 million. About 51 per cent are Muslim, 35 per cent Christian and seven per cent traditionalist.
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