John Cardinal Onaiyekan
ARCHBISHOP OF ABUJA, NIGERIA
H.E. John Cardinal Onaiyekan was elevated to Cardinal in 2012. He received a licentiate in theology, a licentiate in Sacred Scriptures and a doctorate in theology from Pontifical Urbanian University. He was ordained in 1969 at Sacred Heart Church in Kabba. He served in a variety of posts as a priest before he was ordained titular bishop of Tunusuda and auxiliary bishop of Ilorian in 1983. He was later appointed Bishop of Ilorin in 1984 and then Coadjutor Bishop of Abuja in 1990. He became Bishop of Abuja in 1992 and Archbishop of Abuja in 1994. He currently serves as a Member of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and as a Member of the Presidential Committee of the Pontifical Council for the Family. He was named Paz Christi International’s 2012 Peace Laureate.