Sunday, October 25, 2009

Letter #42, from Rome, Wisdom

insidethevatican - Oct 25, 2009

A Word of Wisdom

Cardinal Turkson will come to Rome. And, a word of wisdom. Two, in fact...

By Robert Moynihan, reporting from Rome



"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." —James 3:17


Flash: Turkson to Replace Martino at Justice and Peace

First, the breaking news -- Cardinal Peter Turkson (photo), 61, the Archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana, the eloquent "relator" or general secretary of this month's Synod for Africa, will succeed Cardinal Renato Martino (photo below), 77, as the head of the Vatican's Council for Justice and Peace, it was announced today.

This will make Turkson the highest-ranking African cardinal in the Church, and give him important experience in a curial position, at the heart of the Church.

(Here is a good article from Ghana Business News on the appointment and its significance:’s-cardinal-turkson-gets-closer-to-becoming-first-black-pope)

The appointment was announced at 1 pm in the Vatican Press Office, in Turkson's presence, at a Vatican Press Conference held to "wrap up" the Synod on Africa, by Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., the Pope's press spokesman... and Turkson looked surprised.


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