Francis Arinze

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Francis Cardinal Arinze (born  November 1, 1932 in Eziowelle , Nigeria ) was Archbishop of Onitsha and is a cardinal emeritus of the Roman Catholic Church .


Francis Arinze obtained his higher education at an ecclesiastical seminary and then studied Catholic theology and philosophy in Nigeria and Rome , where he received the sacrament of priestly ordination in 1958 from Cardinal Grégoire-Pierre Agagianian , Patriarch of Cilicia . After returning to Nigeria, he taught liturgy and philosophy at the Enugu seminary . Further studies took him to London , where he obtained a diploma in education .

On July 6, 1965 he was by Pope Paul VI. Appointed Titular Bishop of Fissiana and Coadjutor Bishop of the Archdiocese of Onitsha. The episcopal ordination on August 29, 1965 donated him the Archbishop of Onitsha, Charles Heerey . Co- consecrators were the Archbishop of Lagos , John Kwao Amuzu Aggey , and the Bishop of Ikot Ekpene , Dominic Ignatius Ekandem . On June 26, 1967, almost five months after Heery's death, he was named Archbishop of Onitsha.

From 1979 to 1984 Arinze headed the Nigerian Bishops' Conference before Pope John Paul II appointed him President of the Secretariat for Non-Christians in 1985 , which was renamed the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in 1988, and as a cardinal deacon with the titular diaconate San Giovanni della Pigna accepted into the college of cardinals . In 1996 he was appointed cardinal priest while retaining his title diakonia pro hac vice .

From 2002 to 2008 Cardinal Arinze headed the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacraments as Prefect . On April 25, 2005 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI. appointed Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni and thus his successor as title holder of this suburbicarian diocese .

On the question of mass celebrations in Latin, the Cardinal of the Curia suggested to the priests that they occasionally celebrate services in the Latin form of the Roman Missal . Cardinal Arinze also celebrated in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite , around September 28, 2011 in the Church of Holy Name of Jesus in Providence , Rhode Island .

On December 9, 2008, Benedict XVI. his resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacraments, brought about for reasons of age. On February 14, 2009 Benedict XVI appointed him. as delegated President of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Africa in October of the same year .

After Pope Benedict XVI's announcement of his resignation. In 2013, although he no longer took part in the 2013 conclave due to reaching the age limit (80th birthday) , he was treated as papabile in various media . Cardinal Arinze was already considered papabile in the run-up to the 2005 conclave , in which he still participated.

In view of the discussion about the opening of communion for evangelical spouses from February 2018, for which a majority of the German Bishops' Conference had voted, Cardinal Arinze criticized it in May of the same year. He declared that communion was not something "that could be shared with friends like beer or cake" and saw opening it to non-Catholics as a violation of Catholic teaching on the Eucharist .

Memberships in the Roman Curia

Cardinal Francis Arinze is a member of the following congregations and councils of the Roman Curia :


  • Meeting other believers. The risks and rewards of interreligious dialogue. Gracewing, Leominster 1997. ISBN 0-85244-433-8
    • Meeting people of other faiths. Understand and shape interreligious dialogue. German by Stefan Liesenfeld. Neue Stadt, Munich 1999. ISBN 3-87996-399-1
  • Religions for peace. A call for unity to the people of the world. Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd., London 2002. ISBN 0-232-52462-9
    • Religions Against Violence. An alliance for peace. German by Ulrich Ruh . In: Herder spectrum, vol. 5267. Herder, Freiburg 2002. ISBN 3-451-05267-9
  • Build bridges . Francis Cardinal Arinze in conversation with Helmut S. Ruppert, Sankt Ulrich Verlag, Augsburg 2002, ISBN 978-3-929246-49-0


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rinuncia del Prefetto della Congregazione per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti e Nomina del Successore. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office , October 1, 2002, accessed January 10, 2016 (Italian).
  2. Promozione all'Ordine dei Vescovi. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, April 25, 2005, accessed January 10, 2016 (Italian).
  3. From time to time Latin masses. Vatican Radio, December 21, 2006, accessed April 12, 2018 .
  4. Shawn Tribe: Francis Cardinal Arinze Offers Usus Antiquior in Providence. New Liturgical Movement, September 29, 2011, accessed January 10, 2016 .
  5. ^ Rinuncia del Prefetto della Congregazione per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti e Nomina del Successore. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, December 9, 2008, accessed January 10, 2016 (Italian).
  6. ^ Nomine per la Seconda Assemblea Speciale per l'Africa del Sinodo dei Vescovi. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, February 14, 2009, accessed January 10, 2016 (Italian).
  7. Favorites to the Holy See: Who can become Pope? Focus Online, February 12, 2013, accessed January 10, 2016 .
  8. ^ Francis Arinze: Nigerians with good relations with Muslims., April 15, 2005, accessed on May 13, 2020 .
  9. ^ Bishops' Conference on Communion: A little opening - in individual cases., February 23, 2018, accessed June 5, 2018 .
  10. Nigerian Cardinal: Opening communion to non-Catholics is a violation of doctrine., May 25, 2018, accessed on June 5, 2018 .
predecessor Office successor
Charles Heerey CSSp Archbishop of Onitsha
Archbishop 1965–1967 Archbishop 1967–1985
Stephen Nweke Ezeanya
Jean Jadot President of the Secretariat for Non-Christians / President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
Michael Fitzgerald
Jorge Arturo Cardinal Medina Estévez Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacraments
Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni
since 2005