John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan - Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja
                                               John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan
Pastoral Assignments:
  • Auxiliary Bishop of Ilorin and, Titular Bishop of Thunusuda (1982 – 1984),
  • Bishop of Ilorin (1984 – 1990),
  • Coadjutor Bishop of Abuja (1990 – 1992),
  • Bishop of Abuja (1992 – 1994),Archbishop of Abuja (1994- date)
  • Rector of the St. Clements Junior Seminary, Lokoja. 1966 – 1977
  • Vice Rector and teacher of Sacred Scripture with fundamental Theology – Major Seminary of SS. Peter & Paul, Bodija Ibadan 1977,
  • Rector, Major Seminary of SS. Peter & Paul, Bodija Ibadan, 1978
  • Member of the International Theological Commission, 1980-1985
  • Member of the Methodist/Roman Catholic International Dialogue Commission, 1981-  1991
  • Member, Standing Committee of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, March, 1991-June, 2006
  • President Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria,2000 –  2006.
  • President, Association of Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa (AECAWA).
  • President, Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), 2004 – 2007.
  • Member of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) since September 1999.
  • Co-president, Africa Council of Religious Leaders (ACRL) since June, 2003.
  • Vice president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) 1996 and later President, and
  • Co-president of the Nigeria Inter-religious Council between June, 2007-June, 2009.
  • On Tuesday, 18 September 2012, Archbishop Onaiyekan was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as one of the papally-appointed Synod Fathers for the upcoming October 2012 Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.
  • He was appointed a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in a consistory on 24 November 2012.[6] As Cardinal-Priest he was assigned the titular church of San Saturnino.
  • On Thursday, 31 January 2013, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Onaiyekan to serve as a Member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and as a Member of the Presidential Committee of the Pontifical Council for the Family.[7] He will hold these memberships until his 80th birthday.
  • Cardinal Onaiyekan was appointed by Pope Francis as the Apostolic Administrator Ad Nutum Sanctae Sedis of the diocese of Ahiara in Imo State, eastern Nigeria on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

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