". . . in 2003, he shocked students and professors at Washington's Georgetown University when he told them in a commencement speech: 'In many parts of the world, the family is under siege, opposed by an anti-life mentality as seen in contraception, abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. It is scorned and banalized by pornography, desecrated by fornication and adultery, mocked by homosexuality, sabotaged by irregular unions, and cut in two by divorce.' "
(from article: Francis Arinze: First black pope?)
"Three Africans have already occupied the office, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia: Victor (around AD 183-203), Mechiades or Militiades (possibly AD 311-314), and Gelasius (AD 492-496)."
"Any open backing for a candidacy is frowned upon in as much as it anticipates the incumbent's death. However, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a confidant of John Paul and the Vatican's theological watchdog, came close when he said electing an African pope 'would be a positive sign for the whole of Christendom'.
" 'For all its condemnation of racism, the western world still has reservations about the third world,' Cardinal Ratzinger said. 'Yet, in Africa for example, we have truly great figures whom we can only admire. They are fully up to the job.' "
". . . two thirds of Catholics live below the equator . . ."
(from: The Guardian profile: Cardinal Francis Arinze)
Cardinal Arinze's pro-life, pro-family commentsanger Georgetown faculty members, spark protest
The "New Orthodoxy" of Dissent: Cardinal Arinze's Georgetown Address (James Hitchcock)
Francis Cardinal Arinze speaks on interreligious dialogue
Cardinal Arinze to Head CDW: Nigerian prelate brings unique perspective, experience, to the Holy See's worship congregation (Helen Hull Hitchcock)
Excerpts from Cardinal Arinze's 1999 letter to bishops on the "Spirituality of Dialogue"
Cardinal Francis Arinze: Profile of a Candidate for Pope
The African cardinal tipped to succeed the Pope
Next Pope Betting Odds: Francis Arinze
The Challenge of New Religious Movements
(Cardinal Arinze at the Cardinals Meeting, April 5, 1991)
Cardinal Francis Arinze: Christian-Muslim Relations in the 21st Century
(Talk given at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 5 June 1997)
White Smoke for a Black Pope? Whether or not Cardinal Arinze is elected to succeed John Paul II, his moment in the spotlight is serving as a reality check.(Pamela Schaeffer; Beliefnet: October 2000)
Why Francis Arinze could be the next pope
"With the weekend’s television coverage showing mostly people of European descent mourning the death of Pope John Paul II, what might be lost is the effect the pope’s passing will have on more than 200 million black Catholics worldwide, including the nearly three million residing in the United States."
From: Cardinal Francis Arinze May Become First African Pope in Over 1,500 Years
(Monica Lewis, BlackAmericaWeb.com)
Vatican Cardinal Ends Debate: No Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians or Rainbow Sashers
Cardinal Arinze Remembers Pope as Man of Prayer
The next Pope: Cardinal Arinze's chances
Nigeria's Arinze Might Be First African Pope
Arinze: hard-liners make interfaith relations hard
Francis A. Arinze discusses the effect of religious fundamentalism on interreligious dialogue (Christian Century, Dec 12, 2001 by Douglas Todd)
Like It or Not: Cardinal Arinze at Georgetown
Cardinal Arinze's Address to FDLC: Highlights of the Liturgical Renewal
Catholic College Gives Cardinal Arinze Standing Ovation
Nigeria’s Arinze a front runner in papal succession
Pope: Arinze among front runners
Cardinal Arinze explains tough stand on Eucharist
Cardinal Arinze on the Eucharist and Eschatology
The Next Pope?