Peter Turkson Biography
Birthday: October 11, 1948 (Libra)
Born In: Wassaw Nsuta, Western Ghana
Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson is a senior ecclesiastical leader and the first Ghanaian Priest Cardinal to serve the Roman Catholic Church. Before being elevated to cardinalship by Pope John Paul II, he was appointed as the Archbishop of Cape Coast. He received his first Episcopal consecration in this post. He has also served as the cardinal priest of San Liborio and had been elevated to papacy by Pope Benedict XVI. Turkson started his career as a professor of Sacred Scripture in St Teresa’s Seminary. From here, he went to the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome where he also earned a licentiate in Sacred Scriptures. Being highly knowledgeable in Biblical scriptures, and theology, he was appointed as the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Ghana. He has also served as the Chancellor of Ghana’s Catholic University College. A few years back, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCFP). Throughout his career, Turkson has been a member of several Vatican bodies and has served for the Methodic Catholic Dialogue and the Pontifical Commission for Cultural Patrimony. In an attempt to reform the global financial system, Turkson had also elaborated a proposal for establishing an ‘global public authority’ and a ‘central world bank’.