Work is a central theme in the pontificate of Francis. In Evangelii Gaudium (EG), he uses four words to describe it: “free, creative, participatory and mutually supportive” (EG 192). This is a foundational, programmatic statement that Bergoglio had already made in Buenos Aires in June 2003, commenting on the encyclical on work by St. John Paul II, Laborem Exercens (September 14, 1981).
To explore the theme of work in a universal perspective we spoke to Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.
His experience and his role within the Church are a testament to his authority: born in Wassaw-Nsuta on October 11, 1948, he is the first native Ghanaian cardinal; ordained metropolitan archbishop of Cape Coast in 1993, he was president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (1997-2004), relator for the Synod of Bishops for Africa (2009), and president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2009-2016).