Francis Arinze (born 1 November 1932) is a Nigerian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, having served as prefect from 2002 to 2008.
|His Eminence Francis Arinze|
|Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments|
|Appointed||1 October 2002|
|Reign 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|
|Consecration||29 August 1965|
by Charles Heerey
|Created Cardinal||25 May 1985|
|Born||1 November 1932|
|Nationality||Nigerian, Vatican City|
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He is the Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni (succeeding Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI) since 2005. Arinze was one of the principal advisors to Pope John Paul II, and was thought papabile before the 2005 papal conclave, which elected Benedict XVI.