Speaking at the press conference a day after a private audience with Pope Francis, he said: “Every created entity has to accept the working of history. So there was a time I wasn’t here and now I’m here, and there’ll be a time that I will not be here.”
“But it’s simply this. I suppose all of you journalists, especially accredited to the Holy See, know this very well, that all assignments, appointments, in the Holy See have five years limit, and when five years are up, then it’s just expected that we place our mandate back in the hands of the Holy Father and wait whether he confirms, reassigns, or prolongs the appointment.”
The 73-year-old cardinal 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.