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 Cardinal Arinze worries over fate of Nigerian youths abroad
Sept 16, 2006
Cardinal Francis Arinze has bemoaned the fate of Nigerian youths seeking greener pastures abroad. The cardinal, who is the Prefect for Divine Worship and Discipline of Sacrament of the Catholic Faith in Vatican, made the assertion in Onitsha in an interview with newsmen after a reception organised in his honour by St. Francis Catholic Church, Onitsha.

(Nigerian Tribune, 12.09.2006) He noted with dismay that many Nigerian youths who migrated to various parts of Europe suffered untold hardship.

According to him, “the only exceptions were professionals like medical doctors, nurses, engineers, lawyers and journalists, who were employed by reputable organisations with reasonable remuneration”

He said he was moved with pity to see Nigerian youths suffering with no helper, especially young girls, who were deceived by some dubious Nigerians who claimed to have found jobs for them, but later subjected them to prostitution.

Cardinal Arinze stated that some of these youths were involved in hard drugs and ended up serving many years in jail.

He also said that most of the youths who have no money to travel abroad through the air, cross through the Mediterranean Sea with canoes, only to die in the process.
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