Cardinal Francis Arinze

Cardinal Arinze was on a short list of candidates to succeed Pope John Paul II. April 21, 2005 he was confirmed as Cardinal, Prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.* He was also President of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Vatican. Holy See Press Office. College of Cardinals. Biographical Notes - Arinze
The Vatican's biography for Arinze.

What the Cardinals Believe... - Francis Cardinal Arinze
Articles about Arinze. This web site "helps you to track down.....key pronouncements, decisions and actions in order to understand who [a Cardinal] is and what can be expected from him."

Francis Cardinale Arinze
Cardinal Arinze's history in the Catholic Church from, a non-offiical site by David Cheney.

BBC Profile of Cardinal Francis Arinze, April 18, 2005

Washington Post - Nigeria's Spiritual Rainmaker Is Eyed at Vatican. Old-Line Papal Candidate Fostered Church's Growth
By Craig Timberg, April 17, 2005; A01. White Smoke for a Black Pope? Whether or not Cardinal Arinze is elected to succeed John Paul II, his moment in the spotlight is serving as a reality check. By Pamela Schaeffer, managing editor of National Catholic Reporter. Extensive article, includes links to Arinze's speeches. "This article originally appeared on Beliefnet in October 2000."

Francis Arinze: First black pope?
By Uwe Siemon-Netto. April 1, 2005. Article by United Press International Religion Editor Siemon-Netto.

Cardinal Arinze to Head CDW
Article by Helen Hull Hitchcock in Adoremus Bulletin, October 2002 on Arinze's appointment as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Includes biographical information. Adoremus is a liturgical journal published by Adoremus: Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy in St. Louis, Missouri.

Francis Cardinal Arinze speaks on interreligious dialogue, October 26, 2000
Includes full text of the speech.

Homily of Cardinal Francis Arinze for the laying of the foundation stone of Pope John Paul II Regional Seminary in Opkuno, Diocese of Awka, Nigeria. 23 September 2000.

Guardian (London) - The Guardian profile: Cardinal Francis Arinze, October 3, 2003 article

Feb. 4, 1999 Press Release - Arinze to speak at Wake Forest Commencement

Wake Forest April 21, 1999 Press Release, Cardinal Arinze to deliver commencement address
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Nwangwu, Chido - "Will Arinze be the first Black Pope?
To our Brother Cardinal Arinze: May your pastoral lineage endure!" April 7, 1999. From USAfrica Online.

Presentation of a plaque to Arinze at a roundtable dialogue on Muslim-Christian relations.

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* According to information from, a non-offiical site by David Cheney * Cardinal Arinze resigned as Prefect of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments April 2, 2005 and became Cardinal, Prefect Emeritus.Mr. Cheney notes that "Almost all prefects of curial departments lose their jobs upon the death of the pope." Thus there are a large number of curial resignations dated 2 April. "Once a new pope is selected, he has the option (and often does) to reinstate the previous officials."

Print sources

Isichei, Elizabeth, Entirely for God. The Life of Michael Iwene Tansi. Kalamazoo, Mich. : Cisterican Publications, 1980. 132 p. Series: (Cistercian studies series ; no. 43). Page vi is a Foreword by Arinze, then Archbishop of Onitsha. Professor Isichei acknowledges assistance by Arinze (page vii). Page 73, Prof. Isichei writes that Father Michael Tansi sent Arinze, then a seminarian, to travel via bicycle and quotes a short paragraph by Arinze about the bicycle's brakes. [Tansi was beatified in 1998.]

L'Autre Afrique (Paris), "Un Africain peut-il succeder a Jean-Paul II? 1978-1998: bilan d'un pontificat bien rempli," No. 59, 16-22 septembre 1998, several articles on pp. 10-17.

Stanley, Alessandra. "Cardinals Campaign, Very Delicately, for Pope." New York Times, May 20, 2001: 1, 6. Includes an Associated Press photograph.

Goodwin, Clayton, "Will it be Pope Arinze I or Pengo II?" in New African, June 2001, p. 48-49.

God's invisible hand. Cardinal Francis Arinze interviewed by Gerard O'Connell. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2003. 398 p.

Arinze, Francis A. Sacrifice in Ibo religion. [Ibadan, Nigeria] Ibadan University Press,1970. 129 p. "First part of the author's thesis, University of Rome, 1960, which had the title: Ibo sacrifice as an introduction to the catechesis of Holy Mass./ Includes bibliographical references."

Arinze, Cardinal Francis. "Collaboration entre les religions pour la paix dans le monde. In Christianisme et humanisme en Afrique, Mélanges en hommage au cardinal Bernardi Gantin, edited by Association des théologiens du Bénin, 271-284. Paris: Editions Karthala, 200