Cardinal Priest of St. Anthanasius in Via Tiburtina
Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako, Archbishop of Khartoum (Sudan), was born on 27 February 1941 in Mboro, Sudan. He was ordained a priest on 21 July 1963 and holds a licentiate in theology with a specialization in pastoral theology.
He began his priestly ministry as an assistant parish priest and as inspector for Christian Religious Education in the schools of the Gogrial District. He later served as rector of St Anthony’s Minor Seminary, Bussere, and was procurator for the Vicariate of Wau, where he also served as vicar delegate. He also held the post of provincial commissioner of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.
On 12 December 1974, he was appointed as Bishop of Wau and was ordained on 6 April 1975. On 30 October 1979 he was appointed as Coadjutor Bishop of Khartoum.
Cardinal Zubeir Wako has been Archbishop of Khartoum since 1981 and President of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference since 1992.