Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, who was destined to become Africa’s first pope in nearly 1,500 years, submitted a request to resign from a member of Parliament. Vatican, Integrated Human Development Department, according to people interviewed by Reuters who did not want to be identified.
the Pope Francisco He often listens to what Turkson has to say about issues such as climate change and social justice.
Pope Francis is 85 years old
He is the only African who heads a department Vatican.
The Pope has not yet decided whether to accept the resignation.
The Department of Integrated Human Development was formed in 2016 to bring together four separate bodies dealing with issues such as peace, justice, immigration and philanthropy.
According to one person Reuters heard from, Turkson is tired of the agency’s internal disagreements.
Another source says that Turkson himself is expected to provide more details after the Pope’s decision.
If he left already, the Vatican He would no longer have any African in charge of managing.
Earlier this year, the directorate underwent an evaluation led by Cardinal Blass Kubisch of Chicago. The evaluation was made at the request of the Pope.
The church had several popes with origins in North Africa at the beginning of its history – the last being the Pope in the fifth century.
Turkson could become pope even if he left the religion.
The resignation request was initially reported by a conservative Italian blog, messainlatino.it.
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