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Peter Cardinal K. A. Turkson was born in Nsuta Wassaw in the Western Region of Ghana on 11th October 1948. He was ordained priest on 20th July 1975 at the Francis de Sales Cathedral at Cape Coast by the late Most Rev. John Kodwo Amissah. His Episcopal Ordination was announced by John Paul II on 21st November, 1992; and he was subsequently ordained and enthroned on 27th March 1993 at the Francis de Sales Cathedral at Cape Coast.

Cardinal Turkson, the Primate of the Catholic Church in Ghana, is also the first Ghanaian to be appointed to the Cardinalate of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. His appointment was announced by John Paul II on 28th September, 2003; and he was invested at the Vatican on October 21 and 22, 2003.

On 24 October 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Turkson President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Cardinal Turkson is a great scholar and a recipient of many local and international honours.  His efforts have not gone unnoticed as he has received many awards, won the love and respect of both Christians and non-Christians alike and has been recognized by the State, Church and other Institutions both at home and abroad.

(See profile of Cardinal Turkson)

Cardinal Turkson has undertaken a number of projects on Health Care and Education which seeks fundamentally to assist the poor and needy of the Society to access without hindrance medical care and education.

These projects include:

  • a Pedatric and Maternity Clinic at Mankesim to help children and poor   pregnant mothers.
  • a Fistula clinic at Mankesim to repair fistulae(ruptured wombs), and
  • a Foundation(Cardinal’s Foundation for Distant Learning) to bring top quality    education to rural communities.

For more details, see the projects page


Cardinal Turkson Fund for Health and Education

The fund was founded and incorporated on 7th August, 2008.

The overall objective of the Fund is to mobilise enough funds to support the Cardinal’s projects on health and education, namely :

a) helping with the payment of health insurance premiums for as many poor families as possible to enable them access health care through the national health insurance scheme.

b) providing maternal and child healthcare for women and children especially the underprivileged, poor and outcast in deprived communities; and

c) providing equal educational opportunities, especially, for the marginalized and disadvantaged youth living in rural and remote communities.