March 8, 2013. (Romereports.com)
Peter Turkson is one of 11 cardinal electors from Africa. The 64 year
old was born in Ghana and grew up in a large family. In fact he is one
of 10 siblings. His mother who was a Methodist, sold vegetables, while
his father, a Catholic was a carpenter.
CARD. PETER TURKSON
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, President
“Religion is not a moment of someone just going to stand in a church to pray but it's a response to a basic inner desire to respond to what one calls or identifies as a fulfillment of ones life.”
He was ordained a priest in 1975. He currently lives in Rome and serves as the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. It's a position he has held since October 2009.
He was made a cardinal in 2003, during John Paul II's last consistory. His appointment was historic, making him the first cardinal from Ghana.
Turkson has a masters in Theology from St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in New York. Over the years he has also worked as a professor.