After a dozen years as a top Vatican official, Cardinal Peter Turkson said he offered Pope Francis his resignation because he was at the end of his five-year appointment as prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Source: CNS.
In a tweet on the Cardinal’s verified account on Sunday, he said it is up to the Pope to decide whether to extend or renew his term or assign him another position.
Cardinal Turkson, 73, had a private meeting with the Pope yesterday but the Vatican press office provided no details. The Cardinal was scheduled to lead a news conference today for the presentation of the Pope’s message for World Peace Day on January 1.
Cardinal Turkson, who was born in Ghana, is the only African heading a major Vatican office.
Pope Francis had announced the creation of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in 2016, merging the former pontifical councils for Justice and Peace, Cor Unum, Migrants and Travellers, and Health Care Ministry. Cardinal Turkson had led the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace since 2009.
Particularly with its focus on ecology, migration and economic justice, the dicastery works on many of the issues closest to the heart of Pope Francis.
Finding ways to effectively and efficiently merge the four pontifical councils and their staffs was seen as a major management challenge. In June, Pope Francis asked Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to conduct a visitation of the dicastery. Similar visitations had been conducted of the congregations for Clergy and for Divine Worship and the Sacraments before new prefects were appointed for each.
UPDATE: Cardinal Turkson says he offered to resign at end of his term (By Cindy Wooden, CNS)