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06.08.2005 Regional News

Hundreds attend Cardinal Turkson's father's funeral


Cape Coast Aug. 6 GNA - The mortal remains of Mr Pius Kobina Maafo Turkson, father of His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, were laid to rest on Saturday at Nyanfeku Ekroful Catholic cemetery after a burial mass at the St Francis De Sale Catholic Cathedral at Cape Coast. Mr Turkson, 90, died on April 24, after a protracted illness.

More than 100 priests, the Catholic Nuncio, Archbishops, Bishops from all the dioceses in the country celebrated the well-attended mass, which was presided over by His Eminence Cardinal Turkson.

The mass also attracted many mourners including the Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, Mr J.H Mensah, Senior Minister, Mr Isaac Edumadze, Central Regional Minister and Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Oguaahene. In a sermon, Cardinal Turkson said the late Mr Turkson lived a faithful life and served God all the days of his life and that as much as he tried and struggled to do what Jesus Christ asked him to do through the scriptures, there were some imperfections.

He urged people to emulate the example of Mr Turkson who tried to live and serve God by performing their Christian duties in showing love, care and compassion to their follow human beings.

Many tributes were paid to his memory, which described him as a man of faith, who groomed his children into God-fearing individuals and also had the greatest regard for education.

There were also messages from Pope Benedict, Dean of Cardinals, Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference and the government.