He adds, “To all who mourn the late cardinal’s passing in the sure hope of the resurrection I impart my blessing as a pledge of consolation and peace in Jesus, the firstborn from the dead.”
Cardinal Baawobr’s death happened days after he was discharged from the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital/Policlinic Hospital in Rome, and reportedly expressed gratitude to all those who accompanied him with prayers.
He was among the 21 Pope Francis named on May 29, and among the 20 he created during the August 27 Consistory.
The Ghanaian-born Cardinal missed the August 27 Consistory due to a heart problem. On the day of the Consistory, he had been admitted at Santo Spirito Hospital in Rome.
At the end of his homily during the Consistory that the Pontiff presided over in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father asked people to pray for Cardinal Baawobr.
The Cardinal who had been at the helm of Ghana’s Wa Diocese since May 2016 was elected President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) on July 30 at the end of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the continental symposium that was held in Accra, the capital city of Ghana.
Before he was appointed Bishop in February 2016, the Catholic Church leader had served as first Assistant General of the Superior General of the Missionaries of Africa for a six-year term; in May 2010, he was elected the first African Superior General of the Catholic Congregation that was founded in 1868.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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