The Catholic community in Ghana and Africa has been hit with the sad news of the passing to eternity of Ghana’s only third Cardinal the second of two living Cardinals in the country, His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr, M.Afr
Richard Baawobr, the Ghanaian prelate of the Catholic Church who was recently made a Cardinal by Pope Francis passed on today, 27th November 2022 according to a release by the Missonaries of Africa.
According to the release, Richard Kuuia Baawobr who is the Bishop of the Wa Catholic Diocese was taken in an ambulance to the Gemelli Hospital at 5:45pm and the sad news of his passing was announced 40 minutes later.
A Brief Biography
Richard Kuuia Baawobr, M.Afr was a Catholic priest who was ordained on July 18, 1987 by Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson. He was born on June 21, 1959 at Tom-Zendagangn in the Nandom District of the Upper Region of Ghana.
He schooled at the St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary and the Nandom Secondary School before proceeding to the St. Victor Seminary in Tamale in 1979 to begin his journey into priesthood. Two years after entering the Major Seminary, he joined the Society of the Missonaries of Africa.
He was posted to the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo before later moving to Kahangala in Tanzania.
In 2010, he became the first African to be elected as the Superior General of the Missonaries of Africa. He also served as the Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Institute for Arab-Islamic Studies (PISAI).
Pope Francis on February 17, 2016 appointed him as the Bishop of Wa and he received his episcopal consecration on May 7, 2016 from Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson.
Cardinal Richard Baawobr was elected president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) on July 30, 2022 at its plenary assembly in Accra.
Pope Francis on announced on May 29, 2022 that Richard Baawobr would be made a Cardinal on August 27. He was made a Cardinal-priest and assigned him the titular Church of of Santa Maria Immacolata di Lourdes a Boccea.