Francis Cardinal Arinze was ordained Priest of Onitsha Archdiocese on this day, November 23rd, 1958. He was born on November 1st, 1932, in Odida village, Eziowelle, Anambra State, Nigeria.
Most Rev. Dr. Francis Arinze became the youngest Roman Catholic Bishops in the world when he was consecrated on August 29th, 1965, at the age of 32 being the youngest Catholic bishop ever in Nigerian and African history till date, breaking Bishop Ekadem 36 aged record of 1954.
No person or country has broken his Bishop record of 32 years old ordained. He is the youngest Igbo and Nigerian bishop ever consecrated. He is the oldest bishop by Episcopal consecration
still living, spending 55 years as a bishop as of 2020.
His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze has spent 62 years as a priest and 55 years as a bishop and 36 years as a cardinal as of 2020.
Drafted from a latest religious book in Nigeria “I KNOW MY BISHOPS”
Authored by Christantus Dos Santos.