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 I Owe a Lot to Nigeria
Jul 12, 2006
The Pope's Minister for Congregational Prayer, Cardinal Francis Arinze, says he owes the country a lot for giving him an identity.

This Day (Lagos, July 3, 2006) Arinze expressed his feelings at the weekend in Enugu, at the ordination of some Catholic priests.

According to him, "I am happy to come to my country. I owe our country love, gratitude and prayer for shaping me up to be what I am today," he said.

Arinze said he believed in Nigerian culture, adding that it was dangerous for one not to be rooted in his culture.

He said some Nigerians abroad had lost their identity, as their children could not speak their dialects and do not know their origin.

Arinze urged Nigerians to join hands with government to make the country greater.

Cardinal Arinze in Enugu ordained 11 Catholic priests, urging them to emulate Jesus Christ.

Performing the ceremony at St. Mulumba Church, Arinze urged the new priests to dedicate themselves to evangelical work and lead transparent lifestyle.

Arinze urged them to, "share with all men the word of God you have received with joy. While you meditate on the law of God, see that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe, and that you translate your teaching into action, " he said. He said the impact of their lives would encourage Christians, and urged them to support Bishops and Laity to enhance the unity, peace and development of the Church.
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