Many describe Francis Arinze as one of the most charismatic cardinals in the Church. He was a close collaborator to John Paul II and on November 1st, the Nigerian cardinal will turn 80.
Interestingly, the cardinal was baptized by one of the first blesseds of Nigeria, priest Cipriano Michele Tansi. Arinze is also part of the Church's history. He became a bishop at the age of 32 and took part in the Second Vatican Council.
CARD. FRANCIS ARINZE
"All diocesan bishops could participate in the council. Back then auxiliary bishops were not required to go, but they were invited. I didn't think twice. I accepted the invitation immediately.”
Back in 1984, he was appointed by John Paul II to lead the dialogue between the Church and other religions. He was also commissioned as the prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship, which is in charge of the liturgy of Catholic ceremonies.
Once he turns 80, he loses his right to vote in an eventual conclave. So, on his birthday, the number of cardinal electors drops to 115.