Wa, 28 November, 2022 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
The desire of Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr, who served as President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) before his death on Sunday, November 27, was to fire up the work of the common forum of Catholic Bishops on the continent, the Bishop of Oyo Diocese in Nigeria has said.
In a tribute shared with ACI Africa, Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyèse Badejo who serves as the President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), an entity of SECAM, says that Cardinal Baawobr hit the ground running after his election on July 30, demonstrating a great sense of direction for the continental Catholic Bishops’ Symposium.
“He (Cardinal Baawobr) expressed his desire to help SECAM recover lost ground in its pastoral and administrative obligations to the local churches and to help Africa participate effectively in the ongoing universal Synodal process. As it turns out, all that was not to be,” Bishop Badejo says in his Monday, November 28 tribute.
“SECAM will have to forge ahead without its beloved new President,” the President of CEPACS says, adding that Cardinal Baawobr showed the direction he wanted SECAM to go, through his adoption of a synodal and inclusive style of procedure, “even from the conduct of his first and only Standing Committee meeting.”
In his tribute, Bishop Badejo says that the Local Ordinary of Wa Diocese in Ghana who was elevated to Cardinal during the August 27 Consistory “was a symbol of great hope to the Church in Africa”.