Biography Intro: Cardinal Arinze is a Nigerian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Francis Arinze became the youngest Roman Catholic bishop in the world when he was consecrated on 29 August 1965, at the age of 32.
Name: Cardinal Francis Arinze
Date Of Birth: 1 November 1932
Place Of Birth: Eziowelle, Anambra, Nigeria
Education: All Hallows Seminary of Onitsha (philosophy degree), Pontifical Urban University, Rome (doctorate in sacred theology summa cum laude)
Publications: He authored several books along with a complete “Consecration and Truth Catechetical Program” for children and adults. See some of his publications below:
- The Family Catechism on Tape, Apostolate for Family Consecration
- Divine Providence: God’s Design in Your Life (2005)
- Building Bridges: Interreligious Dialogue on the Path to World Peace (2004)
- Cardinal Reflections: Active Participation and the Liturgy (2005)
- The Holy Eucharist (Our Sunday Visitor, 2001)
- The Church in Dialogue: Walking With Other Believers (1990)
- Meeting Other Believers: The Risks and Rewards of Interreligious Dialogue (1998)
- Celebrating the Holy Eucharist (2006)
- Religions for Peace (Darton, Longman & Todd, 2002)
- God’s Invisible Hand: The Life and Work of Francis Cardinal Arinze, Ignatius Press, 2006
- Great Figures in Salvation History: David and Solomon, an interview with Cardinal Arinze and Roy Schoemann, Ignatius Press, 2006
Honors And Awards: On 24 October 1999 he received a gold medallion from the International Council of Christians and Jews for his outstanding achievements in inter-faith relations. He also received several other awards.
What He Is Famous For: Cardinal Arinze was one of the principal advisors to Pope John Paul II and was considered papabile before the 2005 papal conclave, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. He is best known as the African cardinal who was a potential successor to Pope John Paul II.