Pope Francis gives new Vatican role to Cardinal Turkson

Pope Francis gives new Vatican role to Cardinal Turkson.

Cardinal Turkson at the Vatican Press Office. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican City, Apr 4, 2022 / 04:23 am (CNA).

Pope Francis on Monday appointed Cardinal Peter Turkson as the new chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

The Ghanaian cardinal succeeds the 79-year-old Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.

The pope accepted Turkson’s resignation as prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development last December.

Turkson served as the archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana, before he was called to Rome in 2009 to be president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Bl. Pius IX re-established the academy as the Pontifical Academy of the New Lynxes in 1847. Pius XI gave it its current name in 1936.

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences was established on 1994 by Pope John Paul II “with the aim of promoting the study and progress of the social sciences, primarily economics, sociology, law and political science.”

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