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About Peter Turkson

Ghanaian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who became the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2009.

Early life

He received a Master’s in theology from St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, New York.


He was seen as a possible successor after Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, but Pope Francis was chosen instead.

Family of Peter Turkson

His father was a carpenter while his mother sold vegetables at the local market in Western Ghana.

Close associates of Peter Turkson

He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in 2003.

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