Statement on the Passing of Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi

Saturday, April 3, 2021

The U.S. Embassy expresses our deepest condolences on the passing of Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, Archbishop Emeritus of Douala.  Cardinal Tumi was the first and only Cameroonian Cardinal of the Catholic Church in Cameroon.  A tireless advocate for dialogue and an end to the conflict in the Northwest and Southwest Regions, human rights, and the fight against corruption, Cardinal Tumi contributed to Cameroon’s democratic development.  His legacy as a defender of peace will resonate for generations.  We send our sympathies to Cardinal Tumi’s family, the Catholic Church in Cameroon, and to the people of Cameroon.