VATICAN, 5 April 2021 – Pope Francis has extended condolences for the death of Christian Cardinal Tumi, lauding the service of the Archbishop Emeritus of Douala.
In a telegram sent Sunday, Pope Francis praised the late cardinal for his role in promoting democracy and human rights.
Cardinal Tumi always committed himself “courageously to the defense of democracy and the promotion of human rights”, the Pontiff said in a telegram sent Sunday.
Pope Francais said he is in “union in prayer with the College of Cardinals, the family, and friends of the deceased, as well as with all those who mourn him”.
The Pope said of Cardinal Tumi that he “left an unforgettable mark on the Church and on the social and political life” of Cameroon.
The Pontiff praised Cardinal Tumi’s desire to promote peace and reconciliation “in his old age” thanking the departed prelate for being “a faithful collaborator of the Popes, assuming various offices in the Roman Curia”.
Born on 15 October 1930 in the small village of Kikaikelaki (K4) near Kumbo, the chief town of Bui, in the Northern Zone of English-speaking Southern Cameroons, Cardinal Tumi was Cameroon’s lone cardinal.
Christian Cardinal Tumi was 90.
Ordained into the priesthood in 1966, he died on Good Friday, 2 April 2021, after a short illness of an undisclosed disease.
Cardinal Tumi was appointed Bishop of Yagoua in 1979, ending his tenure as the then Rector of Saint Thomas Acquinas Major Seminary, Bambui, Southern Cameroons.
He chaired the Cameroon Bishops’ Conference from 1985 to 1991 and was president of the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) from 1990 to 1994.
He was created Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 1988 and three years later, appointed Archbishop of Douala.
He served there until he retired in 2009.