ARINZE, Francis Cardinal

Date of Birth: Tuesday (Eke) lsl November, 1932 State of Origin: Anambra Local Government Area: Idimili Village/Town Eziowelle Born on November lsl. 1932 in a small Catholic village of Eziowelle in Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra Slate. Francis was privileged to ie baptized by late Fr. Tansi whose name was reached the state of Beatification on the process of canonization as a Saint ofthe Catholic Church. Francis Cardinal Arinze is a Cardinal ofthe Catholic Church,a position assumed since May25"'. 1985. Hewas created a Cardinal by PopeJohn Paul I Ministerial Appointments and Responsibilities 'riorto that, he hadservedin variouspositions in the Church. Hewasordained a prieston November23rd. 1958. Heserved in the parish beforemoving :o Bigard MemorialSeminary as a lecturer from I960 1962. He became the Archbishop of Onitsha in 1967and served till 1985when he was created Cardinal. Heservedas the President ol" Catholic Bishops'Conference of Nigeria 1979 1984 and President Secretariat for Inter Religious Dialogue. Vatican City Rome in 1985. Educational Training He attended: • All Hallows Seminary Onitsha 1947-1952 • Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu. 1953-1955 • Urban University of Rome 1957-1960 and Institute of Education University of London. 1963-1964. Services to International Bodies Cardinal Arinze has served the World Church in many Committees including • Member. Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of People. 1973. • Member. Secretariat for Non Christians. 1974 • Member. Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints, 1975 Member. Standing Committee of Episcopal Conference ofAfrica and Madagascar (SECAM), 1981-1984. Vice President, United Bible Societies, Stuttgart. Germany 1981-1985. Awards and Honours lie was awarded: • The Honorary Doctor of Letter D. Litt by the University of Nigeria Nsukka. 1986 • Conferred a Chieftaincy title in his home town Eziowelle in recognition of his selfless services to humanity. (Ochuouwa 1 of Eziowellemeaning Peace Maker ofthe World). Achievements Cardinal Arinzehas madeenormous contributions to the developmentofthe Igbocountry. Nigeriaand the World at large.Hetookover theArchiepiscopal office ofthe Sec of Onitsha during the civil war in Nigeria 1967-1970. In that position, he made the Catholic Church a veritable instrument in the process of National Reconciliation. Rehabilitation and Reconstruction at the end ofthe war. During his tenure as the President ofNigerian Catholic Bishops' Conference. Cardinal Arinze encouraged dialogue and peaceful co-existence and religious understanding between Christians and Muslims not only in Nigeria but in the world. He ordained 96 deacons to the Catholic priesthood in the Muslim heartland of Kaduna as part ofthe process of achieving this mutual peaceful co-existence in the world. Francis Cardinal Arinze is one ofthe most senior living cardinals in the Vatican where he heads an important department in World Mission. His ministry in Igboland brought many souls to faith in Christ..
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