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His Eminence
Francis Arinze
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
See Velletri-Segni
Appointed 1 October 2002
Term ended 9 December 2008
Predecessor Jorge Arturo Augustin Medina Estévez
Successor Antonio Cañizares Llovera
Other posts Cardinal-Bishop of Velletri-Segni
Ordination 23 November 1958
by Grégoire-Pierre XV Agagianian
Consecration 29 August 1965
by Charles Heerey
Created Cardinal 25 May 1985
Rank Cardinal-Bishop
Personal details
Born (1932-11-01) 1 November 1932 (age 84)
Onitsha, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian, Vatican City
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Coadjutor Bishop of Onitsha (1965–1967)
Titular Bishop of Fissiana (1965–1967)
Archbishop of Onitsha (1967–1985)
Pro-Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (1984–1985)
Cardinal-Deacon of S. Giovanni della Pigna (1985–1996)
President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (1985–2002)
Cardinal-Priest of S. Giovanni della Pigna (1996–2005)


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Even among the married, sexual satisfaction must not be sought in a way which disregards man's character as a person and degrades him to the animal level.
Francis Arinze
Remarkable is the greater openness of the Catholic Church towards people of other religious traditions and persuasions. The development has not been without problems, since some people have resisted it and others have pushed openness beyond the desirable point.
Francis Arinze
There is no dogma that the organ or harmonium can be used in church, but not the drum.
Francis Arinze
There is a tendency around the world today to copy TV culture. And that is not always a virtue.
Francis Arinze
Vatican II declares the Church... as necessary for salvation.
Religion is one dimension of culture, a transcendent element of it.
The Catholic faith never changes. But the language and mode of manifesting this one faith can change according to peoples, times and places.
Francis Arinze
With reference to other religions, the Church sees a great difference between them and herself. The other religions are expressions of the human soul seeking God, with some beautiful spiritual insights, but also not without errors. Christianity is rather God seeking humanity.
Francis Arinze