Accra, 21 July, 2020 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Vatican-based Ghanaian Cardinal has said the COVID-19 pandemic that countries around the globe are struggling to contain is not any punishment from God.
“The outbreak of COVID-19 is not a castigation or punishment from God; it is (the) stuff of nature, which invites us to respect nature and to be careful about what we do,” Peter Cardinal Turkson has been quoted as saying.
The Ghanaian Prelate who was a guest on Asaase Radio’s ‘Night with Kwaku Sakyi-Addo’ pointed out that “the world has had some kind of pandemic which is even more serious than this novel Coronavirus which took the lives of millions.”
“This is not the first incident of a viral attack on humanity in history…the Spanish flu (1918-1919) killed about 40-100 million people…this was believed to have been introduced by US allied military from Texas but the result was that several people lost their lives…so such a thing has happened before,” Cardinal Turkson said during the July 19 interview.
The Cardinal who is the prefect of the Vatican-based Dicastery for Promoting of Integral Human Development further said, “The fact that such disasters (medical/health) are happening to mankind in 2020 cannot be attributed to divine castigation of humanity.”