25 November 2012

Nigeria: Pope Benedict Consecrates Onaiyekan

Archbishop John Onaiyekan is now John Cardinal Onaiyekan. He is the forth Nigerian to be cardinal.

Before his ordination yesterday, the late Ignatius Ekandem, Francis Arinze and Anthony Okojie had been cardinal.

On Wednesday Oct. 24, 2012, the pope announced names of six new cardinals with Onaiyekan on the list.

Pope Benedict XVI ordained the six cardinals yesterday in Saint Peter's Basilica, the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI read each name of the six "princes of the church" in Latin to roaring applause from the pews and smiles from the cardinals themselves.

The new cardinals wore scarlet cassocks - to signify their willingness to shed blood for the church.

During the ceremony, the new cardinals pledged to obey the Pope.

The Pope spoke to them of their new mission as cardinals. He said they must devote themselves totally to the church and to Christ.

In his homily, he asked the faithful to pray for them.

The pope asked that the Lord's spirit support these new cardinals in the commitment of service to the church, even if necessary to shed their blood, always ready to respond to whatever is asked.

A cardinal is a senior official of the Catholic Church. Their main task is to offer the pope advice and eventually elect his successor.

Copyright © 2012 Daily Trust. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.