Confirmed reports reaching indicates that Pope Francis has on Thursday, December 23, 2021, accepted the resignation of Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson as the prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

This comes after Cardinal Turkson, who was seen by many as a candidate to become the first African Pope for the first time in about 1,500 years, offered his resignation about a week ago.

As the man in charge of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, he was a key adviser to Pope Francis on climate change and social justice.

The Pope’s acceptance of his resignation as prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is a shake-up of an entire Vatican office which rarely happens.

According to a statement from Vatican, all other superiors in the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development have also offered their resignations.

After the retirement of Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea earlier this year, Cardinal Turkson’s departure leaves the Vatican with no African heading a major department.

About Cardinal Turkson

He is a Ghanaian cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace from 24 October 2009 to 1 January 2017. Pope Francis named him the first Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, which began operations on 1 January 2017, a post he held till his very recent resignation.

The Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development was the consolidation of several areas under one administration including, environment, ecology, ethics, dignity of all people, poverty, and economics.

Prior to the aforementioned appointments, Cardinal Turkson served as Archbishop of Cape Coast. He was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2003, and is widely regarded as papabile, which means he is seen a candidate for election to the papacy. 



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