“Exercising the ministry in a diocese where priests who are supposed to be my immediate and closest collaborators, brothers, friends and sons are at war with one another, with the laity and with me as their chief shepherd would be disastrous and a threat to salvation of souls - including my own soul,” the Bishop explained in his resignation letter.
He said his decision to resign was “the only option to facilitate re-evangelisation of the faithful of the diocese especially the priests.”
On 19 February 2018, the Holy Father accepted Bishop Okpaleke’s resignation and “relieved him of the pastoral care of the Diocese of Ahiara.”
A year later, Pope Francis announced the establishment of the Diocese of Ekwulobia in Southeastern Nigeria and appointed Bishop Okpaleke the pioneer Local Ordinary.
The newly named Cardinal was installed Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese that was curved from his native Diocese of Awka on 29 April 2020.
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Meanwhile, Bishop Baawobr from Ghana named Cardinal alongside Bishop Okpaleke is known for his love for people suffering from mental illness in his native West African country.
Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Credit: Courtesy Photo
The member of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa who was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) on 4 July 2020 is known in Ghana and beyond for many acts of charity has had keen interest in those neglected by their respective families.
In 2016, the year that the Holy Father appointed him Bishop, volunteers at the Bishop’s project that takes care of people with mental illnesses started going on the streets looking for patients and providing them with care.
The project that involves Parishes, faith-based organizations, women and men Religious and the Laity also brought on board doctors and nurses who started providing free medication. The Bishop reportedly started using media platforms to create awareness about mental illnesses in Ghana where stigmatization of people with such challenges is high.
The Ghanaian Bishop who will turn 63 in June has been at the helm of Wa Diocese since his Episcopal Ordinary in May 2016.
Fr. Don Bosco Onyalla is ACI Africa’s founding Editor-in-Chief. He was formed in the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans), and later incardinated in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan. He has a PhD in Media Studies from Daystar University in Kenya, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Marist College, New York, USA.