First Black Pope?…he is Ghanaian

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation on February 28th during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday 11th of February. Stating that he no longer had the strength to fulfil the duties of his office, the 85 year old Pope announced:

“After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine Ministry.  I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature must be carried out not only by words but no less with prayer and suffering.” Pope Benedict XVI concluded by asking the faithful to “continue to pray for the church”.

Since the announcement of his resignation, speculations have risen about his potential successors. The top three favourites for the role are: Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, Cardinal Marc Ouellet and Francis Cardinal Arinze.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson is a Ghanaian Cardinal of the Catholic Church and the current President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. As the first Ghanaian Cardinal, he was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave which selected Pope Benedict XVI.

In an interview on Tuesday Cardinal Turkson said should he be elected, “the biggest challenge will be to maintain an Orthodox Catholic doctrine while at the same time knowing how to apply it so that you do not become irrelevant in a world of continuous changes”.  Could we have a first Black Pope? Cardinal Turkson argues that every man who agrees to be ordained a Priest has to be willing to be a Pope. The journey to selecting a new and suitable Pope still goes on and by the 5th of March, all things going well, mother Ghana may be blessed with a number one spot in the Catholic Church.

Kofi Annan did it with the United Nations so why not you?  GUBA wishes Cardinal Turkson the best of luck.

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