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Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie

Last Update 20-04-2010

Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, Archbishop of Lagos (Nigeria), was born in Lagos on 16 June 1936, first by Michael Ohigbom Okogie from Ishan {Edo state}and Lucy Adunni, Yoruba princess. Educated at Minor Seminary of Ibadan, Ibadan; Major Seminary of Ibadan, Ibadan (philosophy and theology); Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome, 1963 (licentiate in theology, 1966).Priesthood. Ordained, December 11, 1966, Lagos, by Archbishop John Kwao Amuzu Aggey of Lagos. Incardinated

in the archdiocese of Lagos; coadjutor of the cathedral parish; vicar economous of St. Patrick's parish, Idumagbo; diocesan director of Catholic schools and of the Work of Vocations; in charge of the radio programs of National Radio-Television; professor of religion, King's College; member of the episcopal senate; member of the pastoral commission.Episcopate. Elected titular bishop of Mascula and appointed auxiliary of Oyo, June 5, 1971. Consecrated, August 29, 1971, cathedral of Saint Benedict, Oshogbo, by Owen McCoy, bishop of Oyo, assisted by Anthony Saliu Sanusi, bishop of Ijebu-Ode, and by Alexius Obabu Makozi, titular bishop of Fallaba, auxiliary of Lokoja. Promoted to the metropolitan see of Lagos, April 13, 1973. Attended the Special Assembly for Africa of the World Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, April 10 to May 8, 1994.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of October 21, 2003; received the red biretta and the title of Beata Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo a Mostacciano, October 21, 2003. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. Special papal envoy to the National Eucharistic Congress of Ghana, November 19 to 20, 2005. Named member of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See, February 3, 2007.

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