VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A high-ranking Vatican prelate, thought-about a possible contender by some to turn into the primary African pope in over a thousand years, mentioned Tuesday (Dec. 21) that he has provided his resignation from his top-level submit on the Vatican and that his future now lies in Pope Francis’ palms.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, 73, initially from Ghana, was appointed by Francis in 2016 to go the Vatican Division for Selling Integral Human Growth, charged with addressing modern-day challenges starting from the economic system to migration and the pandemic.
In current days, stories speculated about Turkson’s resignation and a few Vatican observers advised the highest-ranking African prelate on the Vatican had fallen out of favor within the papal court docket. The cardinal addressed the stories in a tweet on Sunday and once more throughout a information convention Tuesday on the Vatican.
“All assignments, appointments on the Holy See are for a five-year restrict, and when the 5 years are up, it’s anticipated we place the mandate again within the palms of the Holy Father and await whether or not he confirms, reassigns or prolongs the appointment,” Turkson mentioned, answering a query by Vatican reporters.
This 12 months marks the five-year time period for Turkson’s place as head of the Vatican division on Integral Human Growth. Pope Francis himself heads the part inside the division devoted to migrants and refugees.
Turkson’s feedback got here throughout a information convention presenting Pope Francis’ message for the 55th World Day of Peace, which falls on Jan. 1, on the theme “Intergenerational dialogue, schooling and work: the instruments to construct a long-lasting peace.”
In 2009, Turkson had been appointed by then-Pope Benedict XVI to go the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which was later merged into the Dicastery for Selling Integral Human Growth.
The cardinal defined he has served in a number of positions on the Vatican for 11 years and has already offered his resignation to the pope twice. He additionally identified that this 12 months the pope has renewed Turkson’s place on a number of vital Vatican departments, overseeing doctrine, schooling, evangelization and ecumenical dialogue.
“If the Holy Father decides to let me proceed, that’s what it’s; if he decides to reassign me, that’s what it’s. We’re right here to serve and help the Holy Father in his ministry,” Turkson mentioned.
“Whether or not I’ll be right here subsequent 12 months? We’ll simply await the Holy Father to see what he desires us to do,” he added.
The cardinal had already addressed the media stories in a tweet from his verified account on Sunday, the place he wrote that the pope had renewed his mandate in 2016. “Now should await new motion of (the) Pope!” he wrote.
InVatican mandates of Workplace-Heads expire at loss of life/resignation of Pope or expiry of 5yr time period of workplace. One surrenders mandate for Pope/new Pope to resume/prolong mandate or reassign. Turkson surrendered in 2013 Francis renewed 5yr mandate in 2016. Now should awaitnew motion of Pope!
— Card Peter Ok. Turkson (@CardinalTurkson) December 19, 2021
On Monday, Turkson met privately with Francis, however no data has been shared in regards to the content material of their encounter.
Pope Francis has been performing some vital reorganizing and reforming of Vatican departments to handle the Vatican’s budget deficit and cases of corruption and monetary malfeasance. As part of these reform efforts, the pope has referred to as for investigations into the working and expenditures of Vatican departments.
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago led a visitation, that means a proper examination, of Turkson’s division. Earlier visitations led to the appointment of recent prefects within the Congregation for the Clergy and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Self-discipline of the Sacraments. In each circumstances, the cardinal prefects had surpassed the 75-year age restrict past which they’re inspired to retire.
Greater than half of the cardinal heads of Vatican departments are 75 or older.
Turkson received’t be 75 for 2 extra years, however media stories recommend his stepping down may not be tied to age. Two members of the division for Integral Human Growth have resigned just lately. The previous secretary, Monsignor Bruno-Marie Duffé, and the adjunct secretary, the Rev. Augusto Zampini, each resigned this 12 months.
Because the Vatican departments and congregations that make up the Roman Curia brace for modifications of their management, a rising variety of women find a new footing and authority at the Vatican. In August, Pope Francis appointed Sister Alessandra Smerilli as interim secretary of the division for Integral Human Growth, the second-highest-ranking place within the division, and a member of the Vatican’s COVID-19 fee.