Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, key advisor to the Pope and the only African to head a Vatican department, has abruptly offered his letter of resignation
Peter Turkson, the Ghanaian cardinal to the Catholic Church and the only African to head a Vatican department, has abruptly offered his letter of resignation on Saturday.
Turkson has become one of the key advisors to Pope Francis on issues like climate control and social justice, and some experts say he could have been a leading candidate to become the next pope, which would make him the first Black pope in 1,500 years.
The pope has yet to announce his acceptance of the resignation.
According to inside sources, Turkson is reportedly “fed up” with internal disputes in the Catholic Church.
The 73-year-old heads the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, which was founded in 2016 to deal with issues like peace, justice, and migration.
Earlier this year, the Pope requested that Turkson’s department undergo an external review headed by the Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago.
If accepted, Turkson’s departure would leave the Vatican with no African head of a major department.