Arinze, Francis Cardinal (1932- )
Nigerian-born cardinal (Eziowelle, Anambra State).
Bold fountain pen signature on a 3″x5″ card, mounted to a larger sheet with a brief biography and his full-color heraldic crest.
Arinze is Prefect (Emeritus) of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He was one of the principle advisors to Pope St. John Paul II. Considered papabile in the 2005 papal conclave.
In 1962, at the age of 32, he became the youngest Roman Catholic bishop in the world to enter the episcopacy. From then on the story of Arinze was that of an unstoppable rising star in the church. He was at various times coadjutor bishop of Onitsha, archbishop of Onitsha, and Pro-Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. In 1985 he was elevated to the cardinalate and made President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. At the age of 53 he was one of the youngest persons ever appointed to the College of Cardinals.
In 2005, Arinze was installed as cardinal-bishop of Velletri-Segni. He retired in December 2008 as the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
Cardinal Arinze is the author of more than a dozen publications including the much referenced Sacrifice in Ibo Religion, Building Bridges, The Church in Dialogue, Meeting other Believers and Religions for Peace. A notable speaker, he has traveled widely on his missionary journey to the Americas, the Philippines, Africa and Europe espousing Catholicism. He has produced over 1700 religious television programs.