2016 Cardinal Dearden Lecturer
Wilfred Cardinal Napier, O.F.M.
| Archbishop of Durban,
On Thursday, February 18, 2016, Wilfrid Cardinal Napier, archbishop of Durban, South Africa, delivered this year's annual Cardinal John Francis Dearden lecture. Cardinal Napier's lecture was entitled, "What Made Synods 2014 and 2015 So Interesting?: Collegiality and Synodality!"
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has been archbishop of Durban, South Africa since 1992. After being ordained a Franciscan priest in 1970, he worked for nearly three years in the Parish of Lusikisiki and did pastoral work for five years in Tabankulu.
In 1981, Cardinal Napier was appointed Bishop of Kokstad. Cardinal Napier has participated in three assemblies of the Synod of Bishops - 1983, 1987 and 2012. From 1987 to 1994, Cardinal Napier served as president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference and in 1989 was appointed to serve on the Council of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. He was created a Cardinal by His Holiness, St. Pope John Paul II in 2001.
In 2015, Cardinal Napier served as a Co-President of the Ordinary Synod on the Family and was appointed by Pope Francis to serve on the newly constituted Council for Economic Affairs to oversee and reform Vatican finances.
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