- The recent decision of Cardinal Peter Turkson to resign from a department he heads in the Vatican has come as a surprise to many
- The 73-year-old Ghanaian was on Saturday, December 18, reported to have tendered his resignation letter to Pope Francis
- However, it is said that the leader of the Roman Catholic Church is yet to make a decision on Turkson's offer of resignation
Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of those who advise Pope Francis, has abruptly indicated his decision to resign from the department he heads at the Vatican, the Dicastery for Integral Human Development.
Sources who disclosed this on Saturday, December 18, said Cardinal Turkson, a citizen of Ghana, is expected by many to be the potential first African to succeed the pope.
Until he offered his resignation, part of the 73-year-old's task at the Vatican is to advise the pope on issues related to climate change and social justice.
It was gathered that the pope is yet to decide whether or not to accept Cardinal Turkson's resignation.
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A report from Reuters quoted a source claiming that Turkson who is about two years away from the mandatory retirement age of 75 for bishops had become "fed up" with internal disputes.
Another source cited in the publication said the cardinal had stated that he would speak more only after the pope has made known a decision on his resignation.
Stop killings in Nigeria, Pope tells Buhari in viral video
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari had been urged to do everything in his power to protect Nigerians, especially in the north, from violent criminals and killers.
The message was sent to the Nigerian president on Wednesday, September 29, in a general audience preaching by Pope Francis.
The Pope said he was particularly pained to hear of the recent killings in Kaduna which took place on Saturday, September 25.
The Catholic leader said he has prayed for the souls of the dead, the injured and hopes that the federal government will henceforth ensure the safety of citizens.
“I learnt with pain the news of the armed attacks that took place last Sunday against the villages of Madamai Abun in Northern Nigeria.
“I pray for those who have died, for the injured and for the entire Nigerian population. I hope that the country always guarantees the safety of all its citizens.”