Gabriel Zubeir Wako

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His Eminence

Gabriel Zubeir Wako
غبريال زبير واكو
Cardinal; Archbishop Emeritus of Khartoum
Gabriel Card. Zubeir Wako
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed30 October 1979
Installed10 October 1981
Term ended10 December 2016
PredecessorAgostino Baroni
SuccessorMichael Didi Adgum Mangoria
Other post(s)Cardinal-Priest of Sant’Atanasio a Via Tiburtina (2003-Present)
Ordination21 July 1963
by Ireneus Wien Dud
Consecration6 April 1975
by Agnelo Rossi
Created cardinal21 October 2003
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Gabriel Zubeir Wako

(1941-02-27) 27 February 1941 (age 83)
Mboro, Sudan
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)Bishop of Wau (1974 - 1979)
Styles of
Gabriel Zubeir Wako
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Gabriel Zubeir Wako (born 27 February 1941) is a Sudanese Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.


Born in Mboro, Sudan, he was ordained to the priesthood on 21 July 1963. He was appointed as the Bishop of Wau in 1974, and later as the Archbishop of Khartoum in 1981. Zubeir Wako was named the Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Atanasio a Via Tiburtina by Pope John Paul II in the papal consistory held on 21 October 2003. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI and the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis.

Cardinal Zubeir Wako escaped an assassination attempt by a member of the predominantly Muslim Messiria tribe when celebrating Sunday Mass on 10 October 2010.[1][2] He retired as Archbishop of Khartoum on 10 December 2016 and was succeeded by Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Didi Adgum Mangoria.[3]

Views and theology[edit]


Zubeir Wako made it a pastoral priority for his episcopacy to engage with families, and particularly with children. The cardinal noted that many children were left orphaned due to civil war in the country which leaves them vulnerable and in a poorer state. It was for that reason that the cardinal enabled for the archdiocese to intensify the "programmes for children in education and healthcare".

However, the cardinal also identified problems that face the family that were particularly of a secular nature. Zubeir Wako noted that "practices such as polygamy, adultery and divorce" quickly emerged threatening traditional marriage and family teachings that the cardinal noted that the Church would continue to uphold.[4]


  1. ^ "Sudan: assassination attempt on Cardinal". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Sudan: Christian leader narrowly escapes Muslim assassination attempt". Retrieved 22 July 2016.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Other Pontifical Acts". Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  4. ^ "AFRICA/SUDAN - "Children are a major concern for the Catholic Church in Sudan" says Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako, Archbishop of Khartoum". Agenzia Fides. 12 December 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2020.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ireneus Wien Dud
Bishop of Wau
12 December 1974 – 30 October 1979
Succeeded by
Joseph Bilal Nyekindi
Preceded by
Agostino Baroni
Archbishop of Khartoum
10 October 1981 – 10 December 2016
Succeeded by
Michael Didi Adgum Mangoria
Preceded by Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Atanasio a Via Tiburtina
21 October 2003 –