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 Pope hails Cardinal Arinze on 50th priestly ordination
Dec 26, 2008

POPE Benedict XVI yesterday poured encomiums on the Prefect, Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican City, His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze, as he marked his 50th priestly ordination in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Others who showered praises for the life chastity and priestly activities of  Arinze were the Association of English Speaking Bishops of West Africa, represented by Peter Cardinal Tossy who read the Pope’s message, Archbishop Alaba Job of Ibadan Archdiocese who is President of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and his counterparts from Ebonyi and Imo State, Chief Martin Elechi and Chief Ikedi Ohakim respectively.

According to the Pope, “Cardinal Arinze fervently exercised his priestly ministry by proclaiming the truth of salvation and bringing spiritual comfort to the faithful.

Pope Paul VI, our predecessor of happy memory, seeing your human spiritual gifts raised you to the fullness of the priesthood in 1965, assigned you to the Titular See of Fissiana and designated you Co-Adjutor of the See of Onitsha, to the full government of which you succeeded after two years, said the Pope”.

He praised Arinze for caring for the training of Sacred Ministers and assisting countless children suffering famine during the war.
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