He studied at St Teresa’s Seminary in the village of Amisano and Pedu, eventually getting a Bachelor’s degree in theology at St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, New York.
On October 24, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Turkson President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
In October 2011 Cardinal Turkson called for the establishment of a “global public authority” and a “central world bank” to rule over financial institutions that have become outdated and often ineffective in dealing fairly with crises.
Turkson is able to speak English, Fante, French, Italian, German, and Hebrew, in addition to understanding Latin and Greek.
Cardinal Turkson has said that "if God would wish to see a black man also as pope, thanks be to God." The Catholic Church chronicler Rocco Palmo called Turkson the lone Scripture scholar in the Pope's "Senate" and believes that his status as a potential "papabile" (potential successor) has been elevated due to his appointment as spokesman for Second Synod for Africa in 2009.
With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in 2013, Turkson is seen as a papabile in the upcoming papal conclave.
His motto is Vivere Christus est.
“Vivere Christus est” (“To live is Christ”) is a Latin phrase from St. Paul 's Letter to the Philippians.
Bishop Malachy's visions and prophecies, there does appear to be a good indication the next Pope will have something to do with the name "Peter." See my long discussion on that topic by clicking here.