Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Archbishop emeritus of Cape Coast (Ghana), will deliver this year’s John M. Kelly Lecture in Theology entitled Laudato Si’: Let’s Redefine” Progress,” on Monday, March 21, in St. Basil’s Parish at 7 p.m. While in Toronto, Cardinal Turkson will also celebrate the 4:30pm Sunday Mass at St. Basil’s on March 20.
Born on October 11, 1948 in Nsuta-Wassaw, Ghana, Cardinal Turkson holds degrees from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, New York. With an extensive background in education, the Cardinal has held the position of Chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana since 2003. Over the years, Vatican watchers have suggested he is papabile, one of the men considered a possible candidate for the papacy one day.
As President of the Pontifical Council, Cardinal Turkson had a role in the drafting of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home,
Pope Francis’ encyclical published last spring on the need to safeguard our world. In a recent speech to a gathering of bishops, the Cardinal expounded on the contents of the encyclical, noting that “the way we interact with the natural world is deeply related to how we interact with our fellow human beings. …Therefore, all decisions about the natural environment are ethical decisions, just as social options have environmental consequences.”
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